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I Love Being a Mom: Treasured Stories, Memories and Milestones Hardcover – April 6, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

Never mind the missed school buses, the nasty cases of chicken pox and the miserable teenage years. The contributors to this perky volume find happiness in motherhood, and they relate their stories of watching their children lose their teeth and go off to college with gusto. Writer Anne Lamott remarks of her three-month-old son: "He's becoming so grown-up before my very eyes. It's so painful. I want him to stay this age forever." Ida Eisenhower explains why she likes being a mother to a boy: "Boys are the best investments in the world. They pay the biggest dividends." Although uneven, there are some nuggets here, especially the pieces by Anna Quindlen (on catching lightning bugs), Louise Erdrich (on "rocking, breathing, groaning, mouthing circles of distress, laughing, whistling, pounding, wavering, digging, pulling, pushing" through labor) and Jana Riess (on the "ten best books about motherhood that have spoken to me in a deep and memorable way"). Photos, illus. (On sale Apr. 13)
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"I Love Being a Mom will be a gift and an encouragement to mothers everywhere."
--Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund

“Like a wise conductor, Therese Borchard blends the voices of many women into a harmonious and satisfying whole. As we listen to these voices, however, we begin to sense something behind them, a power greater even than the eloquence of words: ten thousand acts of loving service, ten thousand moments of passion and strength, tens of thousands of women whose love shakes and shapes every new generation.”

--Debra Rienstra, author of Great With Child: On Becoming a Mother

“So many toys to pick up, soccer games to cheer on, goodnight kisses to bestow...and so little time to reflect on the meaning of it all. What a treat to open I Love Being a Mom and find that someone has put into words the value and joy of being a mother. Whether you're renowned to the world or just your family, if you answer to "Mom" you'll find good company-- and have lots in common.”

--Kate Kelly, managing editor, American Baby magazine

“After thirty years of reading just about every parenting book out there, I didn’t think I was capable of being as surprised and moved as I was by Borchard’s book. It reminded me of why I love being a mom and left me, as motherhood has, smiling with tears in my eyes.”
--Wendy Schuman, former executive editor, Parents magazine


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385507895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385507899
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a perfect mother's day or new baby gift! There wasn't a page of this book that didn't make me laugh, cry, or nod in recognition of the joy, distress, and suprises you experience every day as a mom. I intend to buy a copy for all my friends who are having babies, and anyone who relishes being called Mom!
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The beautiful writing from some of our best women writers would have been reason enough to read this book. But what I appreciated was not just the writing. It was the collective wisdom and the collective joy, the great personal stories about moms and kids. Motherhood is not sugarcoated here, but the truth is it shouldn't have to be. What's wonderful about being a mom are all the highs and lows added together, which is one reason why the anthology was a good idea in the first place. All of us moms have our unique perspective, yet when you put it all together we have a common understanding and, I hope, a bond. Thank you to the author for a book I will read again.
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A great book for reading any time!!! Every mother (and child) may be different but all mothers (and children) have so much in common. This book proves it. Thanks!
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