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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904859720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904859727
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jessica Mills writes a punk-parenting column for Maximum Rock N Roll, plays saxophone for Citizen Fish, was Director of a birth center in Hollywood, Florida, makes jewelry in her metalworking studio, is mom to seven-year-old Emma-Joy and one-year-old Maya-Rae, and organizes childcare cooperatives. She lives with her partner and daughters in Seattle, WA.

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I fell in love with it and she was more than thrilled!
Debra Kirk
It's an easy read because of the conversational style of writing laced with humor and chock full of useful information for new parents.
Robert Mills
It is really joyous to read this book while I breastfeed and am so stoked to pass it on when I am through to a friend.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jacco on December 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
While I enjoyed the show and touring stories, they're not mine. I didn't feel at all like an outsider to this narrative (unlike how I've felt around the punk scene, but that's another story). This is a great book for parents who want to challenge a lot of dominant ideas about childraising--TV as babysitter, pink and blue as immutable signifiers of genitalia, the need for tons of "baby gear"--and want concrete stories.

What I particularly valued about her book is that she doesn't only trot out the success stories. One example is her long chapter on the problems of hospital births and how she found the setting for the natural, midwife-assisted birth she wanted--only to end up in the hospital for reasons beyond her control. This allows me, as a reader, to imagine both my ideals for birth & childraising, and see how things can work out under non-optimal conditions.

Plus, she's just a super storyteller. I really could hardly put it down to even make dinner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Mills on December 9, 2007
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Since I have a vested interest in this book, I have been following the writing career of Jessica Mills for quite a number of years. When my copy of Jessica's book finally arrived in the mail, I couldn't stop reading bits and pieces of each chapter. It's an easy read because of the conversational style of writing laced with humor and chock full of useful information for new parents. This is a practical guide for the real world--and yes, you can do it all (with a little help from your friends)! I wish I had this resource when Jessica was born!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By james gyre on November 26, 2007
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there are few enough books on alternative parenting, but this is my favorite so far for a couple of important reasons. for one thing, it contains real practical how-to information to the extent that if this was the only book you read on parenting you would probably be ok. even more importantly, it makes parenting sound doable. most of the alternative parenting books i've read seem to focus a lot on how hard parenting is, how much personal and artistic sacrifice is required and how to stay slightly sane in the process. while this book acknowledges those possibilities, it focuses much more on how to have a blast and do your best with parenting and the rest of your life post baby. those are the major things i liked, and then there were the little things, like the only mention i've seen anywhere of biking while heavily pregnant (yes, it is possible).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Papa was a rodeo, on December 29, 2007
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Through this book, J. Mills emerges as a resource long absent from the hip parent scene: she's done the grunt work of wading through conventional parenting guides, disentangling the rubies from the rubbish, and brings authentic, useful experience in an eloquently written companion to the adventures of procreation. Her well-researched and colorful breakdown of effective parenting and of maneuvering both the expected and the unexpected complexities within is essential pre-, during, or post-birth reading. Mills affirms that assuming the title of 'parent' does not mean losing one's personality. In fact, it'll help ensure that your child has one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Huang on December 20, 2007
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As a parent of teens, the first part of the book is pretty much old hat, BUT--the last few chapters are GREAT!! Talking about integrating the life of a parent and the life of an artist--and, whoa!, showing that parents actually have LIVES--was the best part of the book. I was partial to chapters 40 and 43, but that's just me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanislav Stankovic on April 1, 2013
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I bought this book because it was very highly recommended by BoingBoing, and I myself am very disturbed by mainstream commercialization of childbirth, however I gave up on it pretty quickly. As others pointed out this is a more a book about author's experience as a parent than a parenting guide. Only problem is that author comes out looking as irrational and confrontational rather than liberal and open minded, as she claims to be.

She was two weeks overdue, no contractions, Group B Strep positive. She lost one and a half litars of blood, and her placenta had to be removed, yet she has the chuzpah to preach against the mainstream medicine. Natural births are all fine, but by all account her and her baby would have been dead if not for modern medical science, plain and simple.

Furthermore, during her stay in hospital she acted like a spoilt brat, flaunting the hospital rules, camping day and night with a throng of friends, interfering with medical procedures and taking her stress on nurses. Childbirth is a very stressful event in any woman's life, it is also a very intimate moment. To any woman it's the most important thing in the world, but one must keep in mind that for medical staff it is a daily event. They have to do deal with a whole ward full of pregnant women, each pregnancy as unique and as special as author's own, some even more so. At least she should have shown some appreciation by letting them help her the best way they could.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Elizabeth on February 6, 2012
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This is hands down my favorite parenting book. It empowers parents to have rewarding relationships with their children while shunning all of the junk that mainstream consumer society says you need to be a good parent. This is good for parents, kids and our world. It takes the fuddy duddy out of Attachment Parenting and ignites a joyful spark into being a progressive parent.

jen
emmy winning filmmaker
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