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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806531169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806531168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for new parents, too!
G. Kellett
As Ms. Friedman makes clear, it's a monumental (and monumentally personal) decision, one that she is giving due diligence.
J. Shaklan
This book made me feel like a sane normal person.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Kellett on April 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was excited for this book to come out after reading Ms. Friedman's article in Newsweek last year. The book was a delightful page turner. Friedman honestly lets you into her heart and into her head. She gives voice to thoughts that we have all had (or should have had) and is so witty and wonderful that you can't help but feel for her and fall in love with her all at the same time.

And this book isn't just for single gals. I have been married for 8 years. The first 7 of which I was sans child. My husband and I married young and wanted to wait to be financially stable and on a clear career path before starting a family...so we know, first hand, the pain and anguish and irritation that Ms. Friedman details in her book. A must read for new parents, too! As you don't want to even slightly resemble the obnoxious parents she beautifully mocks.

"Pregnant Pause" is a fun read. Truthful, hilarious and sweet. I bought a bunch as baby shower favors. They were a hit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2010
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I first must explain how I happened upon this book. Frustrated with getting a lot of pressure to become pregnant so soon into married life, I wrote a blog entry on my other blog site Tall Tales from a Small Town about this frustration. I was considering titling it "A Pregnant Pause" and googled the phrase to get a good definition. And then I found the book....and my salvation. I ordered it straight away.

I read the book in a day, because it was manna for my soul. Finally, someone understood.

Carrie wrote this book from a very personal perspective, explaining that she did want kids.....eventually. She talks about the fear of parenthood, the fear of how it will change her life as a woman, and the fear that she will become like those total whackado moms out there. You know the ones.

She also raises interesting, and valid points, about questionable parenting techniques that have become pop cultural norms, and offers explanations for why women push their maternal views on other members of their gender.

The thing I loved best is that Carrie gave a voice to thousands of women, probably hundreds of thousands. She made me feel normal, like there is absolutely nothing wrong with waiting to have a baby. It is not selfish, it is not abnormal, it is just the best decision for me.

Thank you, Carrie, for making me feel at home in my identity as a married woman, something I was struggling with. I have recommended that my husband read this as well, since it could have so easily been written by me, to allow him to better understand why I get so frustrated with the cultural baby craze on my behalf.

As a personal note, I did still write my blog on the same topic, and if interested, you can find it here. It is not nearly as brilliant as Carrie's book, but read it, and if you feel the same way, go buy Carrie's book, and spread the word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Cottrell on April 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a single parent, a teacher, and a therapist, the world would be a better place if all potential parents and current parents would not only read Ms. Friedman's book but heed her words. A masterful commentary on parenting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hohman on September 29, 2009
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This book made me laugh out loud several times, it's exceptionally funny, and I recognize several of my friends in her characters. If you're closely approaching the age of 30, haven't settled on having kids, and are sick of the pressure of your child-bearing friends to "join the club" this book is for you!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Krentz on June 23, 2009
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I first read Ms. Friedman's article in Newsweek, and was elated to see that a book spawned from it! She addresses the modern day woman dilemma of past generation pressures to procreate early with a whole lotta facts and humor. Friedman makes you feel like you're out with friends, talking it out over martinis. A great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Shaklan on June 22, 2009
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After reading this book, I feel like I know the author and consider her a lifelong friend! She's so honest and vulnerable in her quest to determine whether she truly wants to have children and consider (often hilariously) all the choices one has when it comes to raising kids. All the while, she's pushed and prodded by people who seem to think having a baby is what's right for everyone since it was right for them. As Ms. Friedman makes clear, it's a monumental (and monumentally personal) decision, one that she is giving due diligence. I admire her courage and tenacity in trying to figure out what her own heart is saying, along with her wry take on various parenting styles (she speaks the truth!) and her heartwarming love for her dog (she's already a mom to him, and a good one at that). Any mother or mother-to-be (or possibly someday mother-to-be) will be able to relate and feel less alone during those times when, despite everyone's expectations and questions, they're trying to make smart choices that are right for them. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Redick on June 20, 2009
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This brilliantly titled book is a refreshing, funny and sincere look at the most natural thing - procreation, in modern times. Even though biologically and socially it seems the inevitable choice for those in the child-bearing years, some of us aren't so positive of the parenthood path. Ms. Friedman explores the pros & cons in a hilarious, honest and hopeful way. I highly recommend the book to anyone remotely thinking about kids in the future, those on the path to pregnancy and new parents who have plunged into the world of babies.
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