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Her columns make great reading for waiting rooms or bus commutes, as each one is just a few pages long. Divided by topic rather than chronological age, you'll start off with a look at balancing work and marriage, progress to pregnancy and babies, and end with sections on travel, organization, and a reexamination of shifting priorities. Topics are sometimes funny, such as Belkin's ramblings on her professional name (Belkin) and family name (Gelb), and the confusion this causes when her son's school called and asked for a name not in the company's list. But singing "the Barney song" from an airport pay phone and having the women around her weep--stories like this ring so familiar with working moms that it's hard to not get a little teary yourself.
From paternity leave to expectations of babysitters, commuting time to sharing a home computer with an 11-year-old, Belkin manages to address all the daily trivia that take on such importance, as well as the really important stuff that often gets lost in the shuffle. --Jill Lightner
I really enjoyed Lisa Belkin's book about the difficulties and successes of balancing work and family. Read morePublished on July 4, 2006 by Monique Angle
Being a new mom and managing a high stress career, Lisa Belkins' book was very eye opening for me. There are several times when I wonder how I can have the energy and motivation to... Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by RC
Lisa Belkin's reflections on life and work are a joy to read for any veteran of the family/work balancing act. Read morePublished on February 11, 2003
A big, ineffective, cold rationalization. "Unbalanced" is putting it kindly.
This is one long ego trip by someone whose priority is clearly her self and her career,... Read more
Anyone who has ever struggled with the complexities of having a career and being a devoted parent at the same time will be able to identify with the many anecdotes that Lisa Belkin... Read morePublished on May 16, 2002
I can see how Ms. Belkin manages to "have it all." The material in the book is simplistic and rehashed. The book was boring. Read morePublished on May 15, 2002