I Love You All, Please Leave

Essays on COVID Lockdowns and Psych Lockups

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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 11 Sep 2023

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Candid, hilarious, and relatable, I Love You All, Please Leave is a whip-smart essay collection on motherhood and mayhem during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Victoria Carlisle, a British expat living in Oakland, California, is a zaftig housewife and unapologetically relaxed parent. More than a decade ago, Carlisle was psychiatrically committed six times after the birth of her third child. (They had to let her out eventually.) And in 2020, she and her family—one husband, two guinea pigs, and three kids—endured one of the longest COVID school shutdowns in America. (They had to allow the children back at some point.)

With Carlisle’s irreverent humor, I Love You All, Please Leave is a provocative essay collection that revels in the hilarity of small moments during the coronavirus pandemic. Carlisle recounts her spectacular failures in mothering during lockdown—from an inability to “Zoom School” (What the fuck was that all about?) to including a Sexy Lady Santa outfit among Amazon purchases of hand sanitizer and cereal (“Mummy, you’ll look like a stripper!”).

Both COVID and psychiatric lockdowns shut Carlisle up in little rooms and left her with a mind like a trapped bird fluttering behind a window. Her long journey from insanity to health traversed the well-trodden Berkeley landscape of alternative medicine—with a pit stop at electromagnetic headbands and keto diets—eventually landing at lithium and self-acceptance. 

Candid, hilarious, and relatable, I Love You All, Please Leave is a whip-smart essay collection on motherhood and mayhem during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Victoria Carlisle, a British expat living in...


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Advance Praise

"[I Love You All, Please Leave] provides a refreshing spin on what has been one of the darkest times in recent history. . . . You'll find yourself laughing out loud at Carlisle's humorous anecdotes. I personally found myself wiping tears of joy from my eyes on multiple occasions. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see the lighter side of an otherwise challenging situation." —Midwest Book Review

"[I Love You All, Please Leave] provides a refreshing spin on what has been one of the darkest times in recent history. . . . You'll find yourself laughing out loud at Carlisle's humorous anecdotes...


Marketing Plan

  • Prepublication buzz
  • Targeted ARC outreach to secure endorsements and praise
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  • Goodreads giveaway and Listopia placement
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  • Prepublication buzz
  • Targeted ARC outreach to secure endorsements and praise
  • Digital galley distribution on NetGalley
  • Goodreads giveaway and Listopia placement
  • Enhanced content on Amazon product page

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EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9798987459300
PRICE $15.95 (USD)
PAGES 200

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I like her lighthearted way of writing about hos the pandemic (plague, lol) affected her family. There were some pretty funny moments. I was hoping for more about her psychiatric hospitalizations but overall, it was a pretty good book.

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I enjoyed her writing but think fellow mothers would be better able to relate to her tales. That’s my fault, not the author’s. I didn’t realise how very child-centric the stories would be! Would easily recommend to any stressed mums out there.

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The Covid pandemic never seemed funny until I started reading, "I Love You All, Please Leave". Carlisle found her way through it all with a humor that brings some amusement to a serious and sad time in our lives. Her personal mental health issues are the "sour dough" starter for her personal journey through periods of isolation that we all can identify with. If there were any lighter sides to an emotionally challenging time in our lives, Carlisle has found a way to showcase them to share with all of the "survivors". Sometimes you have to look for the bright spots in a dark situation. Victoria Carlisle found them and shared them with us.

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This is a very specific, almost a funny Glennon Doyle type collection of moments of learning. Incredibly relatable, Carlisle shares the struggle from her perspective that the COVID pandemic surfaced. This book will, no doubt, serve as a time capsule of a time.

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This was a surprisingly lighthearted look at Covid 19, mental health and lockdowns. I had hoped for a little more depth but it was enjoyable and easy to dip in and out of—great for a summer book!

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As a mother of four teens, this book was very relatable. The pandemic was a challenging time for everyone but for parents, it was particularly difficult to navigate and this book highlighted many of the difficulties faced by parents during this unprecedented time

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for they ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to Victoria Carlisle Press and Net Galley for an electronic ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review All opinions are my own.
Our family, during the quarantine, had three adult children, one dog, two cats and ourselves. Early on we realized we would need a "safe" word in case we were bickering. We got through it well, but I know many didn't, The author's collection gives us all a bright side in what was not the most positive of times.

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