Julie Vick, Writer

Humor, Parenting, and Travel Writer

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By Julie Vick

Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should  I?)

The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood

Need a funny gift for the new or expecting parent in your life? I’ve got just the book for you. Get info on where to find it here.

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About the Author

Julie Vick

Julie Vick is the author of the humorous advice book for new parents Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?): The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood (Countryman Press, 2021). Her writing has appeared in New Yorker Daily Shouts, Real Simple, Parents, McSweeney’s, and The Washington Post. She is an English Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver.

Julie Vick

Recent Publications/News

I appeared on the Minimalist Moms podcast to talk about Introverted Parenting.

I wrote about how I don’t love the “just trust your instincts” parenting advice for Today’s Parent.

I was very excited to get a chance to talk to Zibby Owens on her podcast Mom’s Don’t Have Time to Read Books.

I wrote a humor piece imagining Hemingway’s advice on babies for New Yorker Daily Shouts.


I talked to Meredith Resnick about introverted parenting for Psychology Today.

“As a comedic introvert myself, Julie Vick’s seamless blend of hilarious jokes, comedic checklists, and actually great advice made me laugh, learn, and even…consider having a child myself. A rare feat!”

—Caitlin Kunkel, coauthor, New Erotica for Feminists

From pregnancy and birth through the early childhood years, Julie’s book will guide the introvert through being suddenly shoved into situations where she has to interact with other people on a regular basis. I laugh-snorted while reading this!”

Janine Annett, author of I Am “Why Do I Need Venmo?” Years Old

“I was pleasantly surprised that in addition to being a very fun read, Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?) also has a wealth of actionable advice… The way Vick incorporates subtle humor in unexpected places is delightful and the comedic lists that are interspersed throughout the text are fantastic.”

—Andrew Knott, Author of Fatherhood: Dispatches From the Early Years

“Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?) will make you laugh out loud while dispensing much welcome advice, from strategies to dealing with invasive pregnancy-related questions, to baby shower coping mechanisms, to avoiding people entirely by moving to Finland.”

—Devorah Blachor, Author of The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess

“Julie Vick has given birth to a delightful book sure to be beloved by exhausted parents and anxious expectants.”

—Brooke Preston, co-author of New Erotica For Feminists

“Julie Vick offers up a ton of hilarious (and actually useful) advice, along with her (awkward) experiences, in a great book for any first-time parent!”

—Jen Mann, New York Times best-selling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

“Being a parent is challenging to say the least. Julie’s book had me laughing so hard my 6-year-old told me to leave the room because it was disturbing their remote learning.”

Biz Ellis, co-author of You’re Doing a Great Job!

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