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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Diana Holquist
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How one family fought the myth that you have to destroy childhood to raise extraordinary adults.

What does a “successful” child look like?

If you imagined a straight-A-earning, classical-music-playing, rule-following, Ivy-bound prodigy, you’re not alone.

This is what I thought my kid should look like, too. I was determined to raise my child in this image, no matter the cost. After all, I was one of those kids (Columbia University, Class of 1989). The traditional path to success sure worked for me.

But life intervened in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

I was faced with two choices: Impose my will no matter the trauma. Or, take a frightening, uncharted path—

—to where?

A sub-standard child, unable to succeed on the level I had?

Did letting up mean letting my child down?

Answering these questions took my family on a fascinating journey. What looked and felt like failure after failure on adult terms led to a different kind of success: mad creativity, fierce independence, and relentless self-direction.

In other words, everything an adult needs to make it in today’s world.

So what does a successful child look like?

She looks like my child. And if you consider a similar path by relaxing, backing off, letting up, and settling down, she (or he) just might look a lot like yours.


(Diana Holquist is the award-winning author of six novels. She's won the New York Book Festival award for Best Novel; has garnered a coveted starred review from Publisher's Weekly; and, she's been a RITA and Reader's Choice Award finalist. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two kids, and two cats. She also writes small-town women's fiction under the pseudonym Sophie Gunn.)

PRAISE FOR NOVELS BY DIANA HOLQUIST

"With characters so real, they jump off the page..." --Doubleday Book Club

“(Holquist)...raises some serious issues, leaving readers’ eyes shining both with happiness and tears.”
--Library Journal, 7/​28/11

"...laughter, passion and deeply moving sentiment."
--New York Times Bestseller Robyn Carr

"...Holquist is one for the keeper shelf."
--Parksberg News and Sentinel

"A real treat for readers..."
--New York Times Bestseller Susan Wiggs

“A delightful debut...”
--Booklist, starred review

"...humor, warmth, emotions, characters that step off the page..."
--New York Times Bestseller Mariah Stewart


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LLanerch Publishing (December 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IEBZCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Yesmom
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By DrP__
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Mother? Tiger Daughter! December 17, 2011
By Melissa
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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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Defensive and Derivative June 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read "Tiger Mother" you must read "Tiger Daughter" December 13, 2011
By Jessica
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic read for everyone! March 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view point
Easy to read, funny in parts, and a useful book for anyone trying to figure out their parenting philosophy. It is written from both the mother's and daughter's perspectives. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed attack to Amy Chua's Tiger Mother
I ordered this book at the same time as Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom". And while I did find Chua's ways of raising her children a bit harsh, her writing was witty and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rachel Kirschner
4.0 out of 5 stars quite nice
nice book about raising a child, but nothing really special. author boosts about her children sometimes to much. it makes me think about influence of parents on our entire lives.
Published 16 months ago by maya
2.0 out of 5 stars Authors in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones
I felt the book was unoriginal, and too easy. The author fails at trying to defy cultural stereotypes in her attempt at attaching to other misguided stereotypes about Western... Read more
Published 16 months ago by HerInversity
2.0 out of 5 stars Structurally weak but genuine
Diana structured it weakly but feelings are genuine· not a strong read bc vs tiger mother it is a bit disappointing. Commercial but honest
Published 17 months ago by Chats
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The book came quickly, it was well wrapped for sending, and it was exactly as it was described. No problems.
Published 18 months ago by Maryanne Bongiovani
5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting is Hard
As a mother of a Tiger daughter, I loved this book! The book takes a humorous look at the tough parenting decisions we make everyday. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Monica W. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it !!
I read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, so I had to order this book
after that. I thought it was funny ---and also had some really good
advice slipped in by the Mom and... Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Annie from Annapolis
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing and inspiring take on mothering (and daughter-ing)
For any mother (or father) who worries about how to help her (or his) child navigate the pressures of today's competitive consumerist culture (wouldn't that be most of us? Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by jeannemarie
1.0 out of 5 stars this is why we're in decline
this is why we're in decline while the 3rd world is rising. kids who demonstrate "creativity" by being stupid and lazy, and the parents who let them.
Published on February 9, 2012 by Opinionated New Yawker
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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, 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.

Wait! First buy my book. Then read it. Then go and 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 hidden stashes of chocolate) and my dear husband.

Visit my website, DianaHolquist.com to find out more. There's a contact form on that page if you'd like to e-mail me. I'd love to hear from you!



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