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Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families Paperback – February 27, 2007
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Because of this, "Mommy Wars" exposes only one very thin layer of the entire picture. If the editor wanted to end the invisible cat fight that she claims all mothers engage in, why didn't she flag down those twenty-six minivans?
In fact, the message this book sent to me was that the "war" only exists between mothers of past, present or future success, in writing or other competitive, professional writing-related fields. To the mothers in this essay, everyone is out to get them, out to compete, because of the cutthroat business they are a part of. Perfectionism, to them, is synonymous with feminism, with motherhood. Success is that mark of a good mother. Success in her children, well, that's even better. That's perfect.
On a more positive note, a handful of mothers had very unique experiences (unique in terms of the content of this anthology). The only essay I truly felt moved by was the first, "Neither Here nor There" by Sally Hingston. This essay left a very poignant message: the mother admitted that she was a bad mom after years of thinking she was perfect.Read more ›
The most wrenching essay for me to read featured a woman who'd already made it through some very, very tough years as a single mom to two young children (her husband deserted the family), struggling with the indignities of welfare and making do as best she could. After she starts to become more successful, meets a decent man and has another child, she learns she may die within "8 months"....that is the grim prognosis...and that fact radically changes her life...forever. I won't go into more detail about that section because I don't want to spoil the suspense of you, the reader, discovering what happens next...but believe me, you won't be able to predict it.
Very few of these women seem to be totally at peace with their decision, at least not without a period of angst and guilt (is this the universal norm for mothers?). Ambivalence and even guilt seemed to be the order of the day, something I could really relate to.
I'd strongly suggest reading this with A Perfect Madness (another exploration of Motherhood) as it goes into greater depth when it comes to researching the challenges facing mothers today. Taken together, the two books provide a wealth of information. Both are honest and insightful.Read more ›
To be fair, several essays were very lovely, vulnerable, and honest. One wrote of post-partum depression, another about the legacy or her mother's suicide, another about the dilemma of helping the daughter of an abusive mom. These and several other essays had, in my opinion, that special quality one reads in great literature. They transcend the ego of the writer and touch upon that soft and mysterious part of the reader, and linger.
But for the most part, I was very annoyed that the part-time editor, who changes into her yoga pants after 2:00 pm every day, had cast such a small net of contributors. Part of me wants to go through the essays and pull quotes that struck me in terms of narcissism and self-entitlement, but I'll refrain.
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The book is quite repetitive and bores you after few initial pages. The language is also unclear at some places.Published 16 months ago by Neetuc
I was very interested in reading this book when I first found it, but I never finished reading because it was very dry for my tastePublished on October 5, 2013 by Andrea Hanna
As a soon to be mom who has made the decision to stay home, I was very excited to read this, and very disappointed when I finally did. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by belleTX
This book is nothing like it sets itself up to be. Every essay is this book seems to be written by the same woman. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Mothertobe
When I was a kid, moms stayed home to raise kids and keep them on the straight and narrow...as I grew up I saw first hand the battle that working moms faced because my mom was an... Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by S. Barackman
The author clearly has her own opinion about the so called "Mommy wars" and chose essays to support her view. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by M. Cherrington
I really enjoyed this book. In the end, I was disappointed about it not at all helping me make my decision. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Kit Fry
Most of the mothers in this book describe stay-at-home as working from home. All of the essays are written by writers who have the privilege of working from home. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by HImommy
"... I was going to keep my baby safe. If I had to build a fortress with my own flesh, I would." If you had to guess who wrote this and under which circumstances, what would you... Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Clarissa's Blog