Our First Book: Raising a Beatle Baby

(Illustration by Raffael Cavallaro)

(Illustration by Raffael Cavallaro)


Only moments earlier, she had been crying, shaking and screaming at the mere thought of seeing her idol – just like a Beatle-crazed fan straight out of “A Hard Day’s Night.”

But now 8-year-old Ella provided a picture of poise for the dozens of snapping, whirring and flashing cameras, chatting easily and joking with the man whose right arm wrapped her waist: Paul McCartney.

“Hello, Dad,” Paul said moments later, pumping my hand. But it wasn’t my day – it was Ella’s.

And I was never prouder to be “Dad.”

Journalist Jere Hester lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Theresa Wozunk, and their teenage daughter, Ella. But in some ways, they’re a family of seven.

Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family traces how the couple connected as Beatles fans and made the Fab Four the soundtrack for a quixotic family life that’s taken them to Hamburg, London and Liverpool.

With a little help from her parents, Ella befriended the elderly woman who lives in Ringo’s boyhood home. She got an answer from Yoko on why the Beatles broke up. And, at age 8, Ella met Paul – inspiring her burgeoning music career and teaching the family the value of following even the craziest of dreams.

Raising a Beatle Baby is an often humorous and occasionally touching tale about bonding through pop culture. Whether you’re a Beatlemaniac or a casual fan, you’ll relate to this story about one eccentric family’s musical mission to come together through John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Every family, after all, is a magical mystery tour…

Advance praise for Raising a Beatle Baby:

“If Jere Hester were arriving at Kennedy Airport, I would wait on the runway wearing cat eye glasses and scream at a very high pitch. That’s because he’s a wonderful writer with a new book about family, music and the joys of mild obsession.” – A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically


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