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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051583
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrea J. Buchanan is the managing editor of literarymama.com and author of Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It. She is also the editor of It's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons and It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anita Margarita on January 11, 2006
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Amazon.com recommended this book to me and since it was so reasonably priced and close to the lack of control on spending that is the holidays I decided to take a chance, and I am so very glad that I did. This anthology is so good in fact, that I can't keep it all to myself. I am going to give it away once I'm done. I'll buy another one later - when I want to read something again, and do the same with it.

I knew I would love it halfway through the introduction because they started referencing all these writers/editors whose work I loved - Ariel Gore, Mothers who Think, etc. Also, they list many names that I haven't heard, giving me new books to explore after I am finished with this one.

I've only finished the first section, but every single one of those prose pieces has spoken some universal truth that struck me very hard and deeply. Longing for solitude, anxiety on how the world will treat a unique child and the despair that it might be "beaten" out of her, children as unknowing masters of allusion and metaphor... not ten minutes after reading that line my daughter compared a dead leaf still clinging to the tree, blowing gently in the wind to a worm on a see saw, other lines mention how children have helped the writer slow down and pay attention to the "now," when other mothers warned her that life was about to get much faster.

Great, great stuff.

I was immediately brought back to an advanced writing course I took in college. My daughter was an infant and I tried to use that course to sublimate the anxieties from having my life completely transformed. However - it was a course full of college kids and was even TAUGHT by a college kid (a graduate student)! They didn't trash my work by any means, but NONE of them, not even the teacher, could relate.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ann Douglas on March 15, 2006
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This book is a collection of essays edited by Andi Buchanan and Amy Hudock of LiteraryMama.com -- a website that has raised the bar for writing about motherhood both on and offline.

What I love about this collection of writing is what I love about LiteraryMama.com: the fact that it reflects the reality of motherhood. The writing isn't saccharine and cutesy. Rather, the book is honest enough to admit that there are times when we are disappointed and frustrated and angry with our kids -- and times when we feel guilty for feeling that way -- as well as times when we feel so happy about having a chance at motherhood that we are almost giddy.

Here's something else I love Buchanan and Hudock's collection. Rather than limiting themselves to "name brand writers", Buchanan and Hudock have sought to give voice to both well-known and lesser-known writers. The result is a highly personal collection of memoir, reflections, and poetry from a highly diverse and talented group of everymoms. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Wise on February 6, 2007
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I knew I still had a brain but I didn't know where it was until I found it again by reading these smart, funny, touching and poignant essays, poems, stories. One thing I liked about this collection that made it more interesting than many other similarly themed books is that a number of different literary forms are included. Like any collection some pieces are better than others but overall the quality is high and all are short enough to read in the moments between feedings and diaper changes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen Wren on March 19, 2007
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A book even designed with busy mom's in mind. I was able to read brief snatches in between snack time and dragon hunts. The images and language are with me even after the book is finished. This is a collection of writers talented enough to do motherhood justice. It goes beyond the sentimental fluff flooding the mother market. Read it not only for the insight it provides on parenting but also as an example of great writing. It is a perfect mix of poetry, fiction and essays. Great gift for Mother's Day!
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