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The title says it all. Through one family's story, At The Corner of Wall And Sesame sheds light on the
dilemma mothers face as they struggle to search for who they are and what they value in our complex,
fast-paced world.

Shauna L. Smith, MSW, MFT,
Author Making Peace With Your Adult Children: A Guide To Family Healing


This fast paced, engaging book gives a feel for the challenges that affect every member of two-career families.  At the Corner of Wall and Sesame will spark vital discussions about work, parenting, marriage and friendship.  We need to have these conversations!
Jean Rosenfeld, LCSW
Editor, Clinical Update, California Society for Clinical Social Work

About the Author

Wendy Levitt received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, followed by her M.B.A. from Cornell University. After building a career in the travel industry, she settled on Long Island where she now splits her time between PTA activities and car pools. Her least favorite questions is, "Why did you get an MBA if this is what you were going to do with your life?"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466262265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466262263
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,845,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has hit so close to being a mimic of my own life! I may not have been a VP or a SEO to a huge company like 'V', the mom in this book, but it sure does seem like I read about my own life.

Any mom that has had to make a decision in their career about either their job or their children, will absolutely love this book!

The emotions of this book are humor, sadness, anger and finally it turns to a wonderful ending.

'V' and Jason were both enjoying their lives and working a lot of long hours. When 'V' had their daughter, she had struggles with trying to get things together and she learned that things don't always go as planned when you're a parent, no like it does before when you have the career that she had.

As this book goes through the life of a career changed woman into a mom, you'll see the real life of what it's like for a lot of women that have children and try to balance out life as a working parent.
Even while their daughter, Madison, was in her early months of life mom had to learn to cope with taking care of baby and learning to do things all on her own. This is the first step to any new parent, even if it's not their first child.
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I was a working mom for eighteen years. I loved my career, but for so much of it I felt like I was on the verge of insanity. That feeling was my most closely kept secret. At work we only talked about what we were doing with our kids. No one ever mentioned what they were missing. At home, my husband was completely at ease with being a working father. Men and women are supposed to be equals; if my husband found it easier to be a working parent than I did, I believed it was because he was better at it than I. It never occurred to me that there are huge differences between being a working mother and a working father.

It wasn't until I read At the Corner of Wall and Sesame that my old feelings of stress, anxiety and even inadequacy started to make sense. I wasn't a bad mother, and I wasn't bad at my career. But within the context of our current society and the judgments and expectations they place upon us, it is impossible for working mothers to not feel a little crazy.

I showed At the Corner of Wall and Sesame to my husband and said, "This is why I used to get so jumpy sometimes." The validation that I got from this book was more productive than years of therapy.
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I truly enjoyed this book...as a mother, it was very easy to look back and remember all the challenges I faced as a "New Mommy" and the dynamic a baby brought to my life. I found this book very entertaining- after all, who doesn't LOVE hearing/telling all those crazy Mother-in-law Stories? Whether you are a New Mother, Working Mother, Nanny or Grandmother...don't miss this great read...
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I never had a high intensity job that I absolutely loved and would devote my life to. I knew I would be a stay-at-home mom if we could afford it. Seeing it from the eyes of someone who dispised the thought of giving up a career they worked so hard to build in order to raise a family was very interesting. I commend moms who give up their careers to provide the love and affection that only a mom can give their kids. It's not easy being a parent and all we can do is be the best we can be!
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If you are a working mother this is a must-read. The book presents what is now a reality for a lot of mum's who are trying to make their way up the career ladder. Not only is it extremely well written, with V's stress levels practically jumping off the page, it also cleverly showcases the number of relationships women have to juggle, such as children, colleagues, family, and the pressure this can evoke.

The story is essentially the bumpy road to enlightenment: nobody's perfect and something always has to give. It is filled with funny one-liners that contrast beautifully with V's guilt-ridden and self doubting moments, which just makes it all the more appealing. This definitely one of our favourite reads this year, and At the Corner of Wall and Sesame should definitely be a feature on your `To Read' list. For when you have time, of course!

Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of Bestchicklit.com
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