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The Comeback: Seven Stories of Women Who Went from Career to Family and Back Again Hardcover – September 2, 2008
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“For mothers contemplating a return to the work force after years spent raising children, Emma Gilbey Keller has good news: if the women she profiles in her new book can do it, so can you. ...[Keller] chats and charms her way through the book, interweaving detailed portraits of her subjects with sketches of larger issues including women's entrepreneurship; sexism in the fields of medicine, law and architecture; the benefits of joint custody to divorced mothers' work schedules; and the effect (or not) of changing gender roles on housework ... These accomplished women bring reassuring voices to our increasingly urgent national conversation about mothers and work... If Keller's Everywoman can finally effect lasting political and economic change, perhaps her daughters won't need to stage a career comeback: they won't have to leave in the first place.” ―New York Times Book Review
“Candid yet gentle tone...stories so personal that readers wince with pain at the challenges and cheer with real glee for the successes.” ―Booklist
“[A] must-have book...inspiring.” ―New York Daily News
“Warm, laudatory, refreshingly nonjudgmental--she honors both working and stay-at-home moms...relentlessly honest in depicting the low confidence that paralyzes women eager to rejoin the workplace. [Keller provides] insight into how women have rediscovered their professional identities through sheer perseverance. Women contemplating their own re-entries into their careers or into new professions will relish this book for its frankness, encouragement and practical direction.” ―Publishers Weekly
“There's much talk about the choice made by many women to leave the workforce when their children are small, but little has been written about the specific challenges of returning to work. By introducing us to seven women who made that journey, The Comeback shows seven paths to that goal. Each is unique, but together they begin to answer the questions: How does it feel? How is it done? Any woman who wants both children and career, or anyone who knows such a woman, will want to start by reading The Comeback.” ―Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand, Talking from 9 to 5 and You're Wearing THAT?
“At last a book that doesn't tell women that whatever we do, we're wrong. Emma Keller's warmth and wisdom infuse The Comeback, a sensible corrective to the no-win, media-stoked battles of the "Mommy Wars." Her stories of women's resilience, grit and triumph as they re-enter the workforce after years at home remind us that reinvention is truly possible; that, rather than constantly judging our lives, we should live them--fully and well.” ―Peggy Orenstein, author of Waiting for Daisy
“Insightful, engaging, and empowering, Emma Keller's THE COMEBACK is the "women and work" book you've been waiting for.” ―Liz Lange, President & Founder Liz Lange Maternity
More About the Author
Emma is currently the editor of Your Comeback on doublex.com.
You can check her out there and on her own website www.thecomebackbook.com.
You can also follow her on twitter @emmagkeller