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You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: The Diary of a New Mother Paperback – May 11, 2005

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"An edgy appreciation of the way children take over your life, your space, and your heart, no matter your age." -- Kirkus

"Funny and determinedly upbeat... immensely intelligent." -- O, The Oprah Magazine

"The author spares no embarrassing details in this diary detailing seven agonizing but hilarious years spent trying to get pregnant." -- People

"With sheer hilarity and obsessive honesty, Judith Newman bares all... desperate yearning, relief, anxiety, insecurity and joy." -- Child

About the Author

Judith Newman writes a monthly column for Ladies Home Journal and is a contributing editor for Allure and Self. She also writes for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Harper's, Discover, and the New York Times. She lives in New York City with her husband, twin sons, and her golden retriever.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax (May 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401359639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401359638
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,101,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jane's daughter, Cami's mother on May 3, 2007
Newman goes for the big laugh and that's fine (I laughed, too, sometimes). But her page-long rant about adoption was disgusting and truly harmful. Perpetuating negative stereotypes about adopted children ("horribly damaged") is unconscionable. After all the chemicals and hormones and medical intervention it takes to create her babies, she's worried about the unknown gene pool of an adopted child?!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ReadClosely on December 17, 2011
If this book is supposed to be edgy, funny, and insightful, it fails miserably. What I read between the lines is very painful account by a very unpleasant, sad, superficial woman who tries to make her life look interesting and brave. The writing is mediocre at best. The whole thing smacks of half-truth upon half-truth, just an attempt to sell a book. But what do you expect from someone who makes a living interviewing celebrities? She must have mistakenly thought she was a celebrity too and that we'd want to read about her. And I agree with other reviewers -- this book makes me worried for the author's kids. And shudder for her friends. Shallowness, callousness, and an absence of grace and class are what come through. I'd look elsewhere if you want a truly good read about the self-doubt involved in raising a child, like Annie Lamott's "Operating Instructions" a book that is original, funny, and deep. Don't waste your time or money here with Ms. Newman's weird unhappy life. Pleased to see it is on the remainder pile for one penny.
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