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Length: 252 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Joanna Weiss is an op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe. Her columns appear, via the New York Times wire, in newspapers across the country. This is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EIPHR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joanna Weiss is an op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe. Her columns appear, via the New York Times newswire, in newspapers across the country. She has previously covered politics, culture, parenting, and television, and is a frequent public speaker on subjects that range from women in politics to the glories of 'Cupcake Wars.' She is a member of the League of Extraordinary Authors. 'Milkshake' is her first novel.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Deschenes on August 3, 2011
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This is the first novel by Boston Globe Op-ed columnist Joanna Weiss. Her story takes twists and turns but always stays true to its characters who change and grow with the story. Even Joanna's antagonists are likeable and are not the typical stock characters you find in some novels.

The story is about many things, not just the battle over breast- vs. bottle-feeding. That drives the story, yes, but in the end, there is a greater lesson about living in absolutes.

It happens all the time. People start off down the road of righteousness with their one idea to make the world a better place, but get so tunnel-visioned by it that they do more harm than good. This story is a great reminder to always consider the big picture and even your adversaries before you take that road. It reminds us too how our passions for good can be easily usurped by those with agendas.

Read this book if you want to enjoy whitty dialogue that flows easily and characters you wish you could meet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary N. Kuhl on October 20, 2011
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As a new mom myself I very much related to the protagonist's desire to do what was best for her baby and also have a project that made her feel like "more than just a mom." It's a poignant, yet funy look at the mommy wars and does a great job of making both sides look silly. Lots of fun to read and a good message too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jomama on August 3, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, funny, fast-paced novel. The characters are bright and engaging, the dialogue is zingy and true, and for those of us who tend to take ourselves a little too seriously when it comes to personal choices and political stands, it's a friendly but incisive calling out. A terrific debut from a talented author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on April 6, 2012
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Milkshake is a funny and insightful look at the issues of new motherhood and an eyebrow-raising spoof on political causes run amok.

When Lauren Bruce, 35, mother of six-week-old daughter Rory decides to nurse her baby at a public museum and accidentally drops the blanket, flashing a group of HS students and is escorted to a privacy of the museum bathroom, she finds herself in the middle of a huge controversy and at the forefront of Candace Calloway's movement for women and backed BOOBS (Boston Organization for the Oversight of Breastfeeding). However, this new movement does more that hit hard in the breast women and men; it sparks and stirs Calloway's maternal instincts, fans the desire for love in campaign manager's Maisy Street's heart and has women around America pitted against one another as they fight for cause.

Author Johanna Weiss addresses many of the issues that preoccupy the minds and bodies of new mothers; from painful breasts to the decision of whether or not to breastfeed, from the glazed-over feeling to the struggle to rediscover a new life with a baby. In addition, Weiss examines the issues between new mothers and their husbands as seen in Lauren's response to her husband stating: "I miss them. I want them back." She replies: "You talk like you own them. They're mine."

Protagonist Lauren Bruce is a sympathetic, sensitive and credible new mother, struggling to make sense of all the new information, "baby-related paranoia" and guilt about her absent sex life and initial difficulties with breastfeeding. Lauren's emotions are well tempered, showing a believable balance as she enjoys the limelight of her newly found fame, but also struggles with the peer pressure as the group she first inspired, takes the movement to extremes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TiggersRule on September 11, 2012
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I thought this book had promise as it started out really well. However about half way through it lost a lot. The characters became super annoying and the single issue of breastfeeding overtook everything else and became one dimensional. And the ending was so predictable. To add insult to the reader, the author leaves a "hanger" on about who the father is of her child. Really? If a reader actually makes it to the end of the book, the author could at least give them the answer. The book put everything on the table but then at the end holds onto one detail. Seems very weird. Not a book really worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By darswords on April 10, 2012
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This is a fun and educational read so far. The author takes a controversial subject, breastfeeding, and through her plot and characters shows the various points of view, while keeping it light. Don't worry, those who know me, I will have a huge "review" when I finish reading this delightful book.

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This book doesn't let up! That's a good thing. There are no stones left unturned. All aspects of womanhood are addressed, none being perfect, none being wrong. I don't know how Joanna Weiss did it. Maybe by calling this "Chick Lit?" Fem-lit works better for me. This addresses deep issues women face from the time they consider themselves adult. The main issues are those of guilt, shame, and lack of self confidence. As a new mom you are bathed in those issues and may not even know it. But our main character, Lauren, in Milkshake represents those insecurities.

Don't get me wrong, this is far from a downer. As Lauren battles the new mom issues, her life is taken over by others who are stronger and manipulative. But Lauren shows she does have her own mind and sees things differently than those who would use her.

Ugh! This still sounds like a debbie-downer. It is funny! It hits on all the points of view, bottle versus breast, breast ownership, art, politics, very political, Earth-mothers versus career-ladder-climbers. Ok, still not sounding as enjoyable as the book actually was.

Actually, that is what I am trying to say: this book takes deep subjects and lightens them to help us to see the wisdom in our choices is far from the wisdom of others, but the choices are equally valid.

This book has very little romance, YAY!
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