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Pregnant Pause Paperback – April 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806531169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806531168
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,174,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Kellett on April 22, 2009
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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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I love this book! First I love that only because you want to have kids or even if you don't how so many people push them on you like kids are the greatest thing ever to EVERYONE. I am at the moment right now TTC #1 but I totally understand about how she felt about others kids. Many people think that everyone she love their kids just as much as they do as this book so puts it blatantly says "Not True." People push their kids and gosh man do you see so many undisciplined kids because the mom's don't want to be the bad guy. Ohh the airplane ride... Love the book and her enthusiasm. Thumbs up!!!
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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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Just like every humor book, this one has its audience. I am obviously not the intended audience for this book. I think there are lots of folks, like the majority of reviewers for the book as well as folks like my dear best friend and sister, who would truly enjoy the book. For me, it was too judgy. I think there are ways to make fun of the culture of mommyhood and peoples' wacky ideas about childrearing without painting them in broad negative swaths. Life is more complicated than that. I would have enjoyed the book if it had a little more self-awareness. The author comes across as "that friend" who talks s***about other peoples' choices constantly. She's a beloved friend who loves to indulge in deciding what is right and wrong for other women. When "that friend" is talking I want to gouge my eyes out with a spoon. It makes the other person sound like they only know people who think alike, have never met someone from a different culture, and don't have any life experience (or else they would know that there is a moment when one must whip out the breast or do something else uncouth, and this stuff is apparent even before you are a mother unless you are living a super controlled, sheltered life). This kind of judgyness makes people sound like they have no control over their lives and they thrive off of deciding what is right and wrong for other women to do. See: The Knot, The Bump, and The Nest. Those places are filled with this kind of vile, unilateral, un-self-aware lady judgement. And to me, this book reeks of it.

+ 2 for the attempt to tackle this sticky subject.
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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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