on September 8, 2000
Just completed Roiphe's memoir 1185 Park Avenue- and loved it so much had to read what she was thinking about modern motherhood. As a working mother or two living in NYC Roihe speaks to women like me who are indeed struggling with career and family. For readers who are in this position, I think they will find the book most supportive and soothing. Roiphe makes the point well that working families with children do not have enough community support needed to sustain the demanding life of working mom -that America is too "nuclear". At the same time manages to debunk alot of of fervent feminist rhetoric that simply does not speak to most women's reality. However, Roiphe may have spent too much dissecting the old feminist rallying cries of anit-men and motherhood. I think most women living real life as mothers/workers in the current times realize that much of the feminist movement rhetoric are outdated. Recommended for those interested in a woman's very sensitive and thoughtful journey through motherhood.
on February 17, 2009
I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Roiphe does a very good job of portraying the conflicting thoughts and emotions of mothers who consider themselves feminists. She's very sympathetic to the importance of mothers and mothering, and I was relieved by that. This is not a feminist mother-"hating" book! Thank you, Ms. Roiphe!