Half-Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to
Flotsam blogger and NPR commentator Alexa Stevenson has been a self-
proclaimed worrywart for most of her life: avoiding amusement park rides, skateboards,
and other activities that would just be “borrowing trouble.” But the series of worst-case
scenarios that comprise her journey to motherhood—including the birth of her daughter
Simone, more than 3 months early—force her into a Zen-like acceptance of uncertainty
and absurdity; a journey she recounts in this uniquely sharp, funny, vulnerable, and
ultimately, hopeful memoir.