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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; First Edition edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580050824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580050821
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buchanan documents the anxiety and thrill of new motherhood ... in a way that's as entertaining as it is brave. -- Philadelphia Weekly, May 2003

Buchanan writes in a graceful, down-to-earth style. -- Brain, Child Magazine (Spring 2003)

Potently honest....Buchanan's...capacity for self-reflection paves the path for all mothers...to explore the complex feelings that accompany motherhood. -- Big Apple Parent (May 2003)

About the Author

Andrea Buchanan's work has been featured in the collection "Breeder: Real Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers" and in on-line parenting magazines, including Oxygen.com's MomsOnline and hipMama.com. Her syndicated column "The Dark Side" runs on various websites, including the site she created for Philadelphia mothers, PhillyMama.com. Before becoming a mother, Andrea was a classical pianist. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, back before she knew how to play the Teletubbies theme song. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book is the multimedia young adult novel GIFT, published by Open Road Integrated Media. Her other work includes the internationally bestselling The Daring Book For Girls and seven other books. Before becoming a writer, Andi trained as a pianist, earning a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a master's from the San Francisco Conservatory. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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Customer Reviews

It is also an easy book to read in short shifts, & light enough to even read with one hand while nursing!
L. Anderson
This book would be great for a new mom, or even as a shower gift, just to let that mom know that the feelings she has are normal, and she really isnt alone.
"artsyfetish"
Thank you, Andrea Buchanan for this much-needed book that shows that motherhood can be the subject of literature.
Amy E. Hudock

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amy E. Hudock on March 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
We are a culture that discourages mothers from discussing their doubts, insecurities, fears, and failures as mothers. We want motherhood to seem ordinary, not extraordinary. But to see the heroism in motherhood, we must explode the myth that it is easy and ordinary by acknowledging the dark elements that are part of the whole experience of motherhood. Heroes are recognized as heroic because they do what is difficult, because they venture into the darkness. We need to reveal motherhood in all its shades to counteract what we see in mainstream magazines. Articles like "10 ways to lose the baby weight" and "5 Steps to Making Time for Yourself" trivialize the intense, life-altering heroic adventure that is motherhood. Motherhood is subject worthy of more complex treatment, worthy, even, of literary discussion. MOTHER SHOCK meets this need. I applaud Andi Buchanan's vision, her honesty, her style, and her heroism.
The book is based on an analogy between mother shock and culture shock, which plays out beautifully in the four part structure, with each chapter representing a different stage of mother shock: mother love; mother shock; mother tongue; and mother land. The author defines "mother love" as a honeymoon stage of maternal bliss, "where the newness of the experience is exciting rather than overwhelming." Mother shock, in contrast, is a period when lack of sleep, missing cultural cues, shaky confidence, and unmet expectations combine to create crisis, even postpartum depression. Mother tongue describes a time when mothers become more "acclimated to the routine of living with an infant" and learn to "speak the language." Finally, mother land tells of adjustment to the new role of mother. The journey is worth following.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on September 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I very much enjoyed my reading of Mother Shock. The author reported honestly on many feelings I think many mothers have---how it seems incredible how routine childbirth is to the hospital personnel, how sometimes once the babies start talking and walking you wonder how you ever thought it was hard when they couldn't yet, how great it feels the first time you realize that you are actually being understood by your child--and much more.

I did feel that the structure of the book could have been a bit better. It has the feel of so many books I've read lately---like it started as a collection of essays and was mushed together into a book. Baby Emily jumps in age back and forth, events don't occur in sequence, and I always think with just a touch of editing (which the author does for a living) this would feel more like a complete book and less like a collection of columns.

Also, although this is really a compliment and not a complaint, I don't think the book really was as much about mother shock as just about mothering in general, well-written mothering! I read it expecting much more about how hard the early years with a baby were, and found instead a mother that has pretty typical bad and good days and hours, but overall seems to be quite into the whole mothering scene---which was nice!

I look forward to more writing from this author---perhaps a book about how she decided to give up on being a concert pianist?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Wakefield on January 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Primarily anecdotal in nature, Mother Shock takes us into the world of first-time parenting, and the roller-coaster ride this most major of life transitions. Andrea Buchanan gently touches on every overwhelming aspect of new motherhood from "fear of the double stroller" to "I'm an idiot" and the myriad emotions in between that envelop us as we enter the world of parenthood (ambivalence, confusion, elation, depression, fatigue, doubt, and elation again). What impressed me most about Buchanan's writing was her beautiful analogy with parenting being similar to entering a foreign country: not being able to speak the language, not knowing where you're going or how to get there. There is real sense of comraderie and humor opening the book with such a powerful parallel that we can all relate to as new parents. She writes with brutal honesty, real compassion, (at all times steering clear of martyrdom), and injects a healthy dose of humor into the lives of stressed out new parents who desperately need to be uplifted in the early days of parenting. A good (and quick) read for new parents who haven't got the time to get past page one of anything!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Peterson on October 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
FINALLY! A real account of motherhood, what an absoulte blessing. I am saving my copy in a special place to give to my own two daughters when they are ready to have children. It was like Andrea had read my mind and carefully pulled out my deepest feelings, my darkest fears. As the mother of three, at times I have felt completely alone. After reading Mother Shock I am relieved to know that I am not the only one who has found motherhood to be the best and the worst experience all rolled up into one messy, lovely little package.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aida M. Sabina on July 20, 2005
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AWESOME BOOK!!! It is the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but its HARD, and no one is really honest about how hard it is. This book tells it like it is and allows you to laugh at all those terribly difficult times. It also helps you realize that you are not alone - most women have felt the same EXACT things you are. I wish I had read this before having my baby - I wouldn't have been so hard on myself. I now buy this book for all my pregnant friends. If you are pregnant or have a newborn (even if its not your first)... you really should read this. I think you'll love it!
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