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The Hip Mama Survival Guide: Advice from the Trenches on Pregnancy, Childbirth, Cool Names, Clueless Doctors, Potty Training, and Toddler Avengers Paperback – May 1, 1998
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Still, it left me hanging in a few areas--but that's where other books can help, as no pregnancy/childbirth book can cover it all. Her disclaimer in the introduction mentions just that: not wanting to duplicate what your everyday pregnancy book can cover, she addresses issues that the other books don't touch.
As part of a small pregnancy/childbirth library, this book is essential for single moms or those with alternative arrangements. On its own, it's great for support, and is somewhat practical. It made me want to subscribe to Ms Gore's Hip Mama magazine, just for the community of it.
I wish this book had been written 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my first, but I estatic that it's here for my second.
I am Christian, conservative, Republican, married, and in my thirties. We lived, at the time, surrounded by single mothers with careers. Ironically, I was the most hippy amongst them. Ariel Gore, her reassurance, her sense of entitlement to things like- you know- food- and education- kept me alive in the midst of the most horrifying Post- partum depression. Being married to an employed man doesn't mean the cupboard isn't mighty thin at the middle of the month. Being committed to your child, no matter what, to your principles, no matter what, to your friends--that's what I learned from Ariel Gore.
I keep buying copies of this book, and keep giving them away, to mothers struck, and frightened, in the midst of fear, divorce, spousal death, unemployment...........
two thumbs, and two big toes, up.
As for the style of writing, I found the book mildly entertaining at first, refreshing even - but then it just went on and on and I soon found myself bored.
Gore gives practical advice to women both approaching motherhood and those already knee deep. Her conversational style of writing makes the book easy and enjoyable reading... something that can't be said for most motherhood manuals.
With chapters covering health, childbirth, coparenting and the like Gore gives practical advice for hip women everywhere, taking the fear out of childbearing.
With so much pressure today telling us that we can't be young moms and hip femminists at the same time, I found Gore's book empowering for our generation, and those to come.
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This was a great read. I got this for my wife. It would of been nice to have gotten this before our baby was born. Still it helped ease our mind on many issues as parents. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Jonathan Harrison
The price for this book is outrageous, seeing how when I first laid eyes on my copy, I thought it could have been sold brand new...at a second hand bookshop. Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by Book Hungry
I purchased this book as a gift, but have reconsidered due to some of the language in it, especially the "F" bombs. Read morePublished on March 11, 2007 by Trixie
i don't agree with everything in this book, but if you find like i did that most pregnancy and parenting books seem to be speaking to someone from a different universe than yours,... Read morePublished on February 1, 2007 by laura gyre
I loved this book. I practiced birth control during my teens and 20s and my former husband practiced it for me in my 30s. Read morePublished on January 29, 2007 by UnfrazzledMom
I found this book to be so reassuring that it was all going to be ok. That I was going to be able to be a mom and not sacrifice my sense of identity. Read morePublished on November 19, 2006 by K. Yano
At first, I thought this book would be a good idea. Being a liberal and a labor and delivery nurse, I thought it would be nice to see it from a patient's perspective. Wrong. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by Ginny Wilson
I am so tired of these people reviewing this book saying that they're upset because this book made them feel like nuclear families were supposed to be bad. Well boo hoo for you. Read morePublished on August 16, 2006 by Kassi McCaughey