A mom invents a way to hold her life together just as the world falls apart.
Clipped is a quirky memoir about a new mother whose desperation to get her baby to sleep catapulted her into becoming an inventor and small business owner—just before the world fell apart in 2008.
As a full-time mother and entrepreneur, Adrienne Alitowski rolled out her invention, blankyclip®, to retailers across the country, including over thirty stores in the Buy Buy Baby national chain. LA Parent Expecting and Kids Today both made blankyclip® a "Top Pick." The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded her three utility patents and a trademark. All that fabulous glory aside, Adrienne also learned what it's like to fly halfway around the world to a Chinese factory and to be pregnant, throwing up on the street just before an investor meeting. These experiences led her down a path to write this memoir about sticking to your vision and being open to finding gold in the muck.
"Clipped is the incredibly detailed adventure of one woman's battle with the ups and downs of product invention. Adrienne is David to the Great Recession's Goliath, representing all of the small business owners who were trying to make their dreams come true during the most severe economic and financial meltdown of our times. But her infectious positive attitude means you never stop rooting for her. Even when it feels like all may be lost, she always finds the riches that truly matter the most." -Carrie Preston, Emmy Award-Winning Actor (True Blood, The Good Wife, Claws), Director & Producer
"Be forewarned: when you read Adrienne Alitowski's new memoir CLIPPED: A mom invents a way to hold her life together just as the world falls apart, you may find yourself literally laughing out loud—or gasping in sudden self-recognition. The author describes herself with endearing self-deprecation as having become "a crazed mom with a mission" and readers will surely relate to her feelings—the triumphs, the disasters, and through it all the ferocious love of an exhausted but indefatigable mom. CLIPPED is a compellingly relatable memoir." - Rachel Vail, Best-Selling Author of Sometimes I'm Bombaloo
"Generations have grown up believing in the American Dream—that optimism and hard work will eventually pay off. That's how author Adrienne Alitowski approached the invention and marketing of her product blankyclip—a cute, useful toy to keep stroller blankets in place. What began as a bright idea turned nightmarish in the face of corporate realities and a global recession. With winning humor and refreshing candor, Alitowski spins a universal cautionary tale about what is and what isn't in our control. And ultimately, what really matters." -Sheri Holman, Best-Selling Author of The Dress Lodger and Screenwriter for Longmire
"Honest. Tenacious. Ambitious. These words come to mind when describing Adrienne Alitowski, the author of Clipped. I was instantly drawn to Alitowski's story. As a mother, I related to her desire to create the perfect baby product that would spare future mothers hours of aggravation (and many loads of laundry). As a professional, I admired her problem-solving skills and determination to launch her business. As a woman, my heart ached as I turned each page and learned how she tackled monumental problems and handled them with grace and dignity. This page turner will draw you in right from the beginning as you root for Alitowski's success." -Carol Bellino, Writer & Producer, CBS Marketing
"Clipped is a fascinating chronicle of how a global recession affected one mother's dream of starting a business. Alitowski weaves international headlines into her own story to masterfully build tension around her narrative of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Her candidness and charming sense of humor make this a must-read for anyone interested in how a moment of inspiration can lead us on the most unexpected of journeys. " -April Dávila, Author of 142 Ostriches
"An intriguing story of personal invention in the face of the global financial crisis. Thoughtfully written, immersive and insightful." -Sarah Tinsley, Writer & Founding Member of Women Writers Network
"A funny and honest read for every aspiring 'Mom-ventor' out there with a great product idea, Alitowski's tale of mixing mothering and entrepreneurship will have all business-minded moms both enthusiastically agreeing and empathizing with her story." -Melissa Fenton, Writer for AARP and Grown & Flown
"A highly entertaining story illuminating the pitfalls and victories of being an inventor and mother during a very dark economic time. You will be rooting for her to the very last page and beyond." -Jan Steele, Best-Selling Author of Shoes on the Stairs