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  • Emptying the Nest: Getting Better at Goodbyes

Emptying the Nest: Getting Better at Goodbyes


Emptying the Nest: Getting Better at Goodbyes

a memoir by Morgan Baker


Paperback | $16.99

Hardcover | $23.99


ISBN HC: 9781645384809

ISBN PB: 9781645384816


Nonfiction - Parenting & Family - Mental Health - Animal Love



Emptying the Nest: Getting Better at Goodbyes, is about change, identity, and mental health (Ten16 Press, due May 2, 2023). When Morgan Baker’s daughter, Maggie, left for college and Baker also parted with nine puppies from a litter the family raised, she collapsed into a deep depression. She eventually adjusted and, with a lot of help, did better when her younger daughter left for school. By the time Maggie graduated from college and moved to LA with her boyfriend, Baker was ready. She prepared by focusing on herself, and what she wanted. Her identity shifted. While Baker will always be a nurturer, she is more than a mother.




Morgan Baker is an award-winning writer and professor at Emerson College. Her work is featured The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Brevity Blog, Talking Writing, The Bark, Cognoscenti, and Hippocampus, among many regional and national publications. She is also Managing Editor of The Bucket. Her most recent work is “How Flashdance Started my Writing Career” in The Brevity Blog. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Cambridge, where she also quilts and bakes. You can find out more at

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