Acclaimed Wisconsin author to discuss her memoir at Madison NOW event Oct. 9

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The Madison chapter of the National Organization for Women, Madison NOW, is pleased to announce that Wisconsin author, Laura Jean Baker, will be speaking about her newly released memoir, The Motherhood Affidavits, at Madison NOW’s chapter meeting on October 9. The previous week, on October 2nd, Madison NOW will be hosting an informal discussion about her book at the Fitchburg Barriques. Both events are open to NOW and non-NOW members and are kid friendly.

The Motherhood Affidavits is described as follows: “If motherhood is an addiction, what does Laura Jean Baker share in common with the drug dealers, addicts, sex offenders, and thieves her husband, attorney Ryan Ulrich, defends as he grinds out the grittiest of legal casework? By the time Ryan starts up Ulrich Law Office upon the birth of their third (but not last) baby, Laura Jean craves Oxytocin – the love hormone; the natural high of motherhood – as much as Ryan’s clients hanker for heroin and meth. Over the next eight years, as Ryan’s roster of defendants proliferates, so too does the Ulrich family, nearly to the threshold of everybody’s overdose.”

You can learn more about LJ Baker and her book at

“As a working mother, Baker’s honesty about child rearing, marriage, and her work as an academic resonates with me; but this memoir is so much more than stories about motherhood,” said Mindy Wara Maciolek, secretary and treasurer of Madison NOW. “Baker’s compassion and self reflection throughout this book force the reader to also look inward. I couldn’t put this book down and will definitely be reading it more than once.”

Event details

Madison NOW Monthly Meeting featuring Laura Jean Baker
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6-8:30 pm
WNPJ Movement Hub
30 West Mifflin St., Suite 702, Madison, WI 53703
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Madison NOW Book Club discussion of The Motherhood Affidavits
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6-8 pm
Barriques, 5957 McKee Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53719
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About the National Organization for Women (NOW)

The Madison Chapter of the National Organization for Women ( has more than 300 members and is a multi-issue, multi-generational organization working to bring about increased rights and increased involvement for Wisconsin women. The National Organization for Women ( is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

About Laura Jean Baker

Raised by therapists, married to a defense attorney, Laura Jean Baker writes where mental health, crime, and family intersect.

She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she was a Colby Fellow.

Her essays have appeared at The Washington Post, Salon, Longreads, and Scary Mommy.

Her poetry and memoir have appeared in literary journals such as The Gettysburg Review; Confrontation; The Connecticut Review; Third Coast; The Cream City Review; Alaska Quarterly Review; So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Literature and Art; War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities; and Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature.

​Her work has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her essay “Year of the Tiger” was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013.

​Her memoir, The Motherhood Affidavits, was released by The Experiment in April 2018. It has been reviewed or mentioned in The New York Times, The Toronto Star, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Shondaland, Electric Literature, and Medium.​

She is currently at work on her second book.