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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter: How one family fought the myth that you need to destroy childhood in order to raise extraordinary adults. Paperback – December 12, 2011

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About the Author

I love to write. That’s pretty much all I do. Ask my family about the undone laundry, the un-bought groceries, and the fact that I rarely find time to get dressed in the morning. Actually, if you train your family right, they won’t notice any of these things. "Popcorn for dinner again, mom! Cool," say my filthy children. God bless them, they don’t know what panty hose are. Oh, my poor husband. Anyway, it took me a long time to figure out WHAT to write. So I spent years writing ads, brochures, and company reports. If I had to give advice to anyone--which, thankfully, I don’t--it would be that if you want to write books, start now. In fact, get the heck off this website and do it. (First, throw your TV out the window. Good. Now write.) Are you still here? Okay, then you must be a pure reader (or my mother). Good for you. No money in writing. Best to have a real job. What else do you want to know about me? I love kids. I love cats. I love chocolate. (Not necessarily in that order.) I live just outside of Philadelphia with kids and cats and my dear husband. I also write small town romances under the name Sophie Gunn.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468073494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468073492
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I love to write. That's pretty much all I do. Ask my family about the undone laundry, the un-bought groceries, and the fact that I rarely find time to get dressed in the morning. Actually, if you train your family right, they won't notice any of these things. "Popcorn for dinner again! Cool!" say my filthy children.

I spent my formative years as an advertising copywriter in New York City writing funny, award-winning ads for Pepsi, Doritos, Sony, BMW and other huge multi-national corporations. "Come back when it's funny," my creative director used to say. It was the world's best training ground for writing tight, funny, and fast.

Then I fell in love with writing funny romance novels. I left advertising and published six contemporary romantic comedies under my name and as Sophie Gunn. They got starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly, won the New York Book Festival award for Best Novel, and have been Golden Heart, RITA, and Reader's Choice Award finalists. But more important, I got to hang out with the most amazing people I'd ever encountered-romance writers and romance readers.

Shoot, I sure do miss you guys!

Meanwhile, I had two amazing kids. Raising them shifted my writing focus from romance to life with kids. My free-spirited, book-hating girl and sport-loving, book-hating boy made me rethink books, publishing, and parenting in the modern age. I took a break from romance novels to explore the worlds of children's literature and parenting crazysauce.

What else do you want to know about me? I love kids. I love cats. I love chocolate. (Not necessarily in that order.) I live just outside of Philadelphia with two wonderful kids, three geriatric cats, and one beloved husband.

Okay, that's enough about me. Let's talk funny books, inspiring kids, and the woes and triumphs of parenting in the modern world.

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As the parent of an ADHD daughter, this book offers reassurance that my determination to have her discover confidence and happiness in spite of repeated failures in her academic pursuits was the best approach. The book covers the challenges of society's expectations...and how they might vary from one place to another...and how the expectations and attitudes of teachers can also significantly affect any student, but particularly ones with learning issues. I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives of the mother and the daughter, and it gave me a better understanding of what my own daughters are probably thinking, as both are rather independent and skeptical of what is considered the "norm," I have no regrets over our aimless wanderings on summer vacations and lazy afternoons spent making up stories in the playroom. I couldn't agree more with the viewpoint that we should offer opportunities for enrichment to our kids, but not force these endeavors upon them. This book was a quick read...engaging...and completely enjoyable. I recommend it to all parents.
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Diana Holquist shares her motherhood story with such touching honesty and humor! The reader is treated to her seriously witty story telling as she describes her challenges parenting a wonderfully unique daughter and how she was able to ultimately achieve the most difficult task of all - really and truly letting go. As a new mother myself, I found the revelations told by Diana Holquist truly refreshing - perhaps my son will be okay if he doesn't make it to Harvard after all! So what if he's not like all the other kids in school!

However, the shining star of this story is Miss Hana Holquist, the tiger daughter herself. In alternating chapters, Hana shares her own thoughts and reflections. From her hysterical plans to get married at IKEA (do NOT steal her idea) to her encouragement to get out there and find what you love - her anecdotes are a seriously inspiring reminder to us all. Teenagers and adults alike could take a page out of Hana's book, to be sure.

Well done, Holquist ladies!
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When all my friends and neighbors read Tiger Mother they railed and complained about the harsh Tiger Mother tactics. But, until I read Tiger Daughter, there was no coherent and positive response. This is the story of a mother coming to terms with her daughter's non-stereotypic definition of success. A mother realizing that she is not a Tiger Mother. And it shows how real American values (individuality, privacy, the right to bear cutlery if not arms) can rise again despite our schools' current hysteria with Tiger Mother values (standardized tests, classes of identical superstars, bending to the will of authority). A page turner that will give you faith in our daughters and license to stop listening to the neighborhood Tiger Mothers. Read this and you'll be talking about it with most of your parent friends. But check first that they aren't Tiger Mothers themselves.
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In alternating chapters, Diana Holquist and her daughter Hana write about the challenges of parenting. Diana writes with great honesty about her struggles to ensure her daughter's success in life. She starts with the Tiger Mother successes that most of us strive for with our children - master violinist, straight A student, and the Ivy League. But Diana realizes that she needs to let go and let her daughter thrive in who she already is.
Hana is bold, smart, creative, and confident - everything I wish for my children. Diana is my hero because she learned to let go of the competitive parenting that many of us live with (and because she's a great writer).
I love this book because it is smart, witty, and thought-provoking.
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I was disappointed from the very beginning of this book. The author starts by spoofing the beginning of Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and provides her book as response, but essentially both authors are writing about the same thing. Chua's book was about how she as a mother had to learn to let go and realize that the "Chinese" way of parenting didn't always produce happy kids. Unfortunately, (most likely due to the WSJ article about the book) most people took the book as some sort of parenting guide and thought Chua was asserting that Western parenting was inferior. This is NOT the case. This is why Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter is unenjoyable, because it is responding to an assertion that was never made. I actually wonder if she read Chua's book.
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"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter" is a terrific story about parenting....From the daughter's point of view as well as the mother's. Diana Holquist's story about raising her children in today's ultra-competitive society will strike a chord in many readers' hearts as well as remind them that parenting is not a competitive sport. This refreshingly honest book about raising kids in our society that is obsessed with overscheduling and perfection, no matter the skill level, will make the reader want to take to the couch with the kids to catch up on bad tv shows on the DVR.
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Once I started reading this book I literally could not put it down. I absolutely loved it! I cannot even count how many times I laughed out loud while reading. I am not a mother but I am a daughter and the memories that were brought up during the read were amazing. I went right over to my parent's house, gave my mother a big hug and I thanked her for letting me be me. I suggest everyone picks up a copy of Battle Hymn of the Tiger daughter. You will not be disappointed!
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