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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.
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Joanna Weiss, Milkshake (J Weiss via Stella Link, 2011)
While I was stuck in the hospital at the beginning of 2013, I blew through a bunch of Kindle shorts I'd stacked... Read more
I received a review copy of this book and really enjoyed it. Motherhood can be rough, and too often as women we end up judging each other for every individual choice. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Katy
The description is far more enticing than what the book actually produces. I did read it all the way through, and the last chapter was good and it started off strong and... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Z Cat Nip
I enjoyed this book. I was nursing my own son when I came across this story and it really hit home. If you nurse you will smile to yourself at how true to life the book seemsPublished on January 23, 2013 by Finn
I thought this book had promise as it started out really well. However about half way through it lost a lot. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by TiggersRule
This book was laugh out loud funny--and such a great commentary on the two-party political system in our country and the lengths to which campaigns will go to win an election. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Ingrid Ricks
Two days after I finished this book, my Google Reader exploded with links discussing the latest issue of Time magazine, which profiles Dr. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Bookphile
Joanna Weiss has written a humorous, insightful and entertaining story that intertwines a wide swath of current issues from equal rights to civil liberties to perpetual campaigning... Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by BostonSean33
For full disclosure, I received my copy through Goodreads giveaways. I was excited to start this book because of the interesting concept. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Marinn Pierce
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