Ready for Air by Kate Hopper

October 14, 2013

Screenshot 2013-10-10 at 9.51.34 AMMy love affair with Kate Hopper’s first book, Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers is clear–I mention it often. It is a book for every writing mother to carry with her through the years, a resource filled with valuable advice and encouragement. Now, Kate has released her memoir Ready for Air, and it is a beautiful example of what a mother can do when she “uses her words”. 

Kate’s daughter was born prematurely and needed to stay in the NICU, battling for life. So many families have experienced this painful journey, waiting and hoping, fearing and waiting. Kate writes beautifully, with humor and candor, of her own painful struggle to accept life’s terms when it came to the wait; to motherhood’s harsh introduction.

One of the gifts that Kate’s book brings is an opportunity for every NICU to carry this book, to give to parents who are sitting in the struggle, waiting, watching the monitors, carefully reaching a hand through the hole in the isolette to give their babies the gift of touch that comes less often than they long for, and waiting some more.

This is a true story, one that far too many people know, but few have written about, and it will resonate beyond parents of premature babies to every parent who knows what it’s like to watch and wait as a fragile life of their own unfolds perilously.


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NICU Book Giveaway

Do you have a NICU in mind that you think would benefit from a free copy of Ready for Air? Please comment on Kate’s blog and include the name and address of the hospital, specifying whether it goes to the NICU or family resource center, etc. At the end of the online book tour, Kate will randomly pick 15 hospitals to receive signed copies of Ready for Air.

There is no better gift than a ME, TOO. I hope every NICU ends up with this book as a resource. 


You can find Ready for Air for yourself or someone you love

on AmazonIndieboundPowell’s

and Barnes and Noble


“As long as I have words, I’ll be strong enough.” – Kate Hopper


Casey October 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

Oh yes! Off to comment! Thank you!
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Julia October 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

What a powerful book!
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Sabrina October 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Been there, done that, need to read this book! I have two fabulous hospital NICUs that I am going to go over and comment about.
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Sue October 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I too loved Kate’s first book, her class & Kate. Very excited to read this next book.

Kate Hopper October 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thank you, dear Heather, and thank you to all your wonderful readers. I’m so excited that the hospital NICU list is growing! I hope it will help tons of NICU parents. xox
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Angie Mizzell October 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Ever since I met Kate online, I’ve mentioned her and the book often as well. They are both amazing. And I agree with what she says about you too, that you’re not willing to put yourself or others in a box. I love your blog!
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