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The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood
Jane Buckingham
0060885343
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Description

From the author of the bestselling The Modern Girl's Guide to Life comes a must-have book for the young mom, including best-kept secrets, practical advice, and multiple solutions for problems from birth to age four

Just when you thought you could cook (hey, one meal counts), clean (if the queen was coming), and seduce a man (well, long enough to get married), life throws you a curveball that makes all of your previous ineptitudes in life pale in comparison. With the appearance of one little extra line on a pregnancy test, you're thrown into a world of covering up leaks on shirts and taking a pacifier away from a two-year-old who has the grip of a pit bull.

In this funny, smart, and honest book, Jane Buckingham cuts through the clutter to give you simple information and practical...



Miracle
Anne Geddes
0740746960
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Geddes's photographs of newborns poised on flowers and within sheer, stockinglike sacs have sold more than 15 million books in more than 50 countries; Dion's multi-octave vocal stylings are unmistakable, from the Titanic soundtrack and far beyond. Dion's attempts and eventual success in having a child were well documented on the supermarket racks; Geddes's success has been the stuff of magazine features for years. Thus this 11" × 13" collaboration has something of an inevitable feel to it, sharing its title with Dion's album of lullabies and apostrophes to children (such as John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy"). The book itself contains more than 100 new full-color Geddes photos, a number of which feature Dion (but not her son, Rene Charles, who was born in 2001 and is thus about a thousand days too old for the...


Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children

1741140102


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From Publishers Weekly
Buddhist practitioner Napthali has written an eminently practical book that gives frazzled mothers usable advice and empathy. At a time in their lives when women must balance the pulls of instinct, hormonally charged emotion and familial and social expectations, it is both possible and highly beneficial to practice Buddhism. While Buddhism has a long history of monastic practice and application, its modern expansion into the West has emphasized its relevance to householders. Parenting books are a logical application, though still relatively few in number (e.g. Jacqueline Kramer's Buddha Mom: The Path of Mindful Mothering). In a highly selective culling of teachings, Napthali wisely focuses on maternal mind states and how Buddhism can give a mother insight and literal breathing space before she responds to any...


Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On
Jenny McCarthy
052594947X
April 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sometimes you just have to laugh. If your hair is always perfect; if you always have an umbrella when it rains; or if you are never, ever late, this is not the book for you. If, however, you sometimes wake up feeling fat, are late for work, are gossiped about, are screamed at by your children, and are not fully adored and nurtured by your beloved, then this is the book for you. Life doesn’t always work out the way we plan. There are good surprises and there are bad surprises. Jenny McCarthy, the New York Times bestselling author of Baby Laughs and Belly Laughs, told you the truth about childbirth and about the first year of mommyhood. Now she’s telling the truth about learning to juggle it all: work, motherhood, romance, sex; and even what to do when a relationship just isn’t working...


The Twelve Gifts of Birth
Charlene Costanzo
0066211042
Apr 2001
Hardcover
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--Lendon Smith, M.D.(Pediatrics), Portland, OR
"Every home should have this book. Every family should read it often. New parents will treasure this message of hope and love."

Phoenix Magazine
"For a present with lasting impact, give The Twelve Gifts of Birth."

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Mother-Daughter Wisdom
Christiane Northrup
0553105736
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
It's a rare book that delivers so completely on such a broad promise. Mother-Daughter Wisdom is written to connect the dots between a number of separate parts: logical and emotional morality, physical and mental health, friends and family, and in an overarching sense, the relationship between being a woman's daughter and raising a daughter of your own. Because of the scope of information presented, it can be tricky to pick up the book and look for quick guidance on a particular topic such as adolescent weight issues or childhood asthma; more use, and more pleasure, will be found if you add it to your permanent reference shelf to look through in stages. Author Dr. Christiane Northup (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom) seamlessly blends personal stories with clear research in a way that creates a compelling read from...


The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood: Wise and Witty Advice on Everything from Coping with Postpartum Mood Swings to Salvaging Your Sex Life to Fitting into That Favorite Pair of Jeans
Vicki Iovine
0399523308
January 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Just had a baby? Lie down, rest your weary womb, and muster up a rousing cheer! (Shh! Don't wake the baby!) Now, from the author of The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy, comes the book all new moms have been waiting for, whether they know it or not. Vicki Iovine talks turkey ... and stitches, and weight loss, and depression, and sex (trying it for the first time after labor and delivery? "Inebriate and Lubricate"). Vicki--yeah, I know I'm calling her by her first name but after reading this book you'll be on a first-name basis with her, too--is funny, informative, and utterly (udderly?) irreverent. New mothers have never had it so good.

From Library Journal
Iovine follows up her successful The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy (Pocket, 1995) with this breezy,...


100 Promesas Para Mi Bebe / 100 Promises for My Baby

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Book Description
While expecting her first child, Mallika Chopra began working on a unique gift that would allow her to express her profound and loving commitment to the life growing inside her. Here, Mallika shares with us the vows she made to raise her daughter surrounded by love and security, to teach her to look at the world with curiosity and admiration, to enrich her life through spiritual values and to work for a better world. This book is the result of the author's awareness of all that motherhood entails. Description in Spanish: Mientras esperaba con ilusión el nacimiento de su primera hija, Mallika Chopra empezó a diseñar un regalo único que expresara su profundo compromiso de amor con el bebé que crecía dentro de ella. Este libro es el resultado de su toma...


Baby Laughs
Jenny McCarthy
052594883X
May 2005
Hardcover
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Publishers Weekly
McCarthy is undeniably crass but funny, and her candor and self-deprecation are refreshing

The Miami Herald
Frank and humourous.

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The Incredible Truth About Motherhood
Bradley Trevor Greive
0740719890
March 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Motherhood is the world's most demanding - and rewarding - job. It's a calling that comes with incredible highs and gut-wrenching lows. How to express both the joys and challenges inherent in parenting the next generation in a way that is guaranteed to leave your audience smiling with tears in their eyes' Leave it to the one and only, Bradley Trevor Greive.In this moving and yet often side splittingly funny homage to mothers everywhere, the best-selling author has masterfully paired his insightful prose with humorous animal photography that quickly and succinctly sums up his narrative's loving nuances. A mother tiger nuzzling her cub. A basset hound with an ice bag on her head. All are fodder and focus for BTG's unique wit and wisdom. From birth to toddlers to teenagers, The Incredible Truth About Motherhood covers...


To Hell with All That : Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife
Caitlin Flanagan
0316736872
April 17, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Flanagan's take on why modern mothers are conflicted about their roles is so witty and well researched—she quotes sources ranging from Queen Elizabeth's childhood nanny to Total Woman Marabel Morgan—that it's easy to overlook that she offers no evidence to back up her chief notion "that women have a deeply felt emotional connection to housekeeping." Coming from someone who admits she doesn't change her sheets or clean her house (the maid does it), it's hard to take this assertion seriously. But then, while Flanagan is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a regular essayist for the Atlantic, she's more a polemicist here than journalist. The problem is her self-contradictions. Flanagan is fed up with what she sees as self-indulgent upper-middle-class mommies (like herself and unlike her mother's...


Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood
Jane Mattes
0812922468
April 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In this well-written and informative book, Mattes examines aspects of single motherhood. Her study functions as both a handbook for those who are single mothers by choice as well as a guide for women who are considering taking the plunge. Mattes's suggestions run the gamut from ideas about becoming pregnant or adopting to dealing with relatives, neighbors, and strangers, from parenting and answering the "daddy" questions to handling the legal aspects of parenthood. Appendixes include addresses of support groups, sample legal agreements, and a list of further readings. Although there are a number of books dealing with single parenthood, Mattes's guide deals with a special subset of that group: women who have chosen to parent alone. This very clearly written book is recommended for both public and academic...


Momisms
Cathy Hamilton
0740743430
Mar 2004

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Book Description
The ultimate guide to deciphering just what those phrases like "I brought you into this world, I can take you out" and "Pretty is as pretty does" really mean. A witty and hilarious kit, whether you're a kid, fellow parent . . . or a mom looking for her next good line.

About the Author
Cathy Hamilton is the comic genius behind the novelty gift product Boyfriend-in-a-Box. She is also the author of the Fall 2001 humor titles Sex and Dating and Dieting and Other Weighty Issues.


Motherless Mothers : How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become
Hope Edelman
0060532459
May 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Edelman first undertook this painful topic in 1994 (Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss), drawing from her own experience of losing her mother at 17. Now a mother herself, she considers how her mother's absence has shaped her seven years of parenting. Through interviews, anecdotes and psychological research, Edelman discusses the challenge of mothering in the shadow of someone gone, which often triggers a resurgence of childhood grief and confusion. But this is less a book on mourning than a supportive guide for mothers who may feel overwhelmed and alone, bereft of their own mothers' presence, advice and support. Chapters address general child-rearing topics for each age group with focuses specific to the reader: the void of the absent grandmother, the urge to overcompensate and the perpetual impulse to...


The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Making the Most of Your Life as a Mom
Ann Pleshette Murphy
0375406433
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This work reads as if it were an extended Parents magazine article, and for good reason: Pleshette Murphy was the magazine's editor-in-chief for 10-plus years and is Good Morning America's parenting contributor. Incorporating the magazine's informal tone, interview style and abundance of expert opinions, she plumbs the world of motherhood from labor to toddlerhood and the teen years. Pleshette Murphy focuses not on the child but on the mother's "developmental needs at each stage of [her] child's life." She writes, " 'Knowing thyself' is never more critical than when those two little stripes of pink show up in the plastic window." With such impeccable credentials, one would expect Pleshette Murphy to be the ideal mother. Reassuringly, she isn't shy about revealing her own experiences—and occasional...


Things I Want My Daughters to Know
Alexandra Stoddard
006059487X
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Southern Women
"A wealth of advice. . .simple yet so poignant."

Book Description
From a beloved lifestyle philosopher and mother, a small book of wisdom about the big questions of life, from "Be careful what you give up" to "When you've made your point, sit down". "My mother gave me milk; I have tried to give my daughters milk and honey. Milk is our basic need; honey is the fun, the happiness, the joy." Thus Alexandra Stoddard introduces her new book of simple, profound truths for joyful living. Like her strong-selling Choosing Happiness, this small book illuminates a big idea. Stoddard, a mother, grandmother, and author of more than 25 books on personal fulfilment, shares a series of succinctly-stated principles worth living by. Each statement is fleshed out in a few brief, useful paragraphs....


Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay : And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
1416915060
March 28, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When Los Angeles comedian and television writer and producer Wilder-Taylor got pregnant, she feared undergoing this process: "a perfectly sane woman who swigs Jack Daniel's, never goes to sleep before eight a.m., and has had at least one STD gives birth and suddenly becomes a different person... [who] subscribes to three dozen parenting magazines, thinks a wild night is tossing back two O'Doul's, and never hits the hay after eight p.m." Of course, now that the author has a daughter, she's smitten; the child "grew on me every day, and by six months I was definitely her bitch." Hoping to be the voice of reason amid a cacophony of parenting advice (in the form of books, mothers-in-law and others), Wilder-Taylor dishes on sharing the parenting responsibilities with your husband ("I felt like saying, 'Didn't you get...


The MomsTown Guide to Getting It All
Mary Goulet
1401307876
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The hosts of the hit internet radio show MomsTown offer insights, resources, and motivation to help stay-at-home moms set and achieve their personal goals for a more satisfying life ore and more women are taking a break from their careers to devote time to being a mom. But as some women find, going from cleaning out the inbox to cleaning up the toy box can be a bit of a shocking transition. That's where The MomsTown Guide to Getting It All comes in. Internet radio hosts Mary Goulet and Heather Reider have been lifesavers to many stay-at-home moms, providing friendship, community, and motivation to women who might otherwise have felt marginalized. The MomsTown philosophy reminds moms that they can make their dreams come true without sacrificing family life in just ten weeks!

About the...


Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life
Tyler Perry
1594489211
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
One could say that if the title of this book confuses you, then you probably shouldn't be reading it. But, as Madea helpfully suggests, "If you don't understand something I'm saying here and you're not black, you will have to ask somebody who is." Madea—Southern-speak for "mother dear"—is the fierce alter ego of Tyler Perry, who has paraded the marijuana-smoking, pistol-packing, trash-talking matron through a series of hit gospel plays and films. Although primarily a comic figure based on unapologetically crude behavior coming from a harmless-looking old lady, Madea is envisioned by Perry (who provides his own introduction before turning the reins over to his inner grandma) as a throwback to a time when strong matriarchs ruled the community. The result is a surprisingly fresh compilation of homespun...


Little Earthquakes : A Novel (Washington Square Press)
Jennifer Weiner
0743470109
June 28, 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Jennifer Weiner, whose novels Good in Bed and In Her Shoes earned her a place among women's book club aficionados everywhere, proves she still has the touch with Little Earthquakes, a tale of love, heartbreak, redemption, and friendship. Weiner's novel centers around four new mothers, all of whom must learn to adjust their lives and their marriages to deal with the challenges of raising children.

Ayinde is a beautiful, biracial newscaster who moves to Philadelphia after her husband, a star player for the NBA, is traded to the 76ers. She meets Becky, an overweight chef who plays the "pregnant or just fat" game every time she passes a mirror, and Kelly, an overachieving event planner who has her whole life mapped out down to the most minute details, after going into labor at a prenatal yoga class. The three become fast...



Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me
Maya Angelou
1400066018
April 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table; five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?; and the celebrated poems “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton, and “Amazing Peace,” which she read at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., in December 2005.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Mother,
During those early dearest days
I did not dream that you...


The Little Big Book for Moms
Lena Tabori
094180741X
May 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Little Big Book for Moms is packed with all the fun, magic, and wonder of early childhood in a beautifully designed, chunky little package. Illustrated throughout with early 20th-century work by artists like Jessie Wilcox Smith and Ida Waugh, this is a delicious treasure for the expectant mother to savor in anticipation, and for the new mother to share with her little ones.
Mother Goose, the brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, e.e. cummings, E.B. White, J.M. Barrie, Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash and Lewis Carroll are like old friends bearing gifts of song, verse, and tales for the new child. Humpty Dumpty, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, and Goldilocks are but a few of the other well-loved characters who visit these pages.
And there's more! Mother and child will delight in activities...


Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
Judith Warner
1594481709
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
The old adage is especially true for Perfect Madness: don't judge this eminently readable book by its stern and academic-looking cover. Judith Warner's missive on the "Mommy Mystique" can be read in a weekend, if readers have the time. Of course--according to the book--many would-be readers will have to carve out the hours in between an endless sea of child-enriching activities, a soul-sucking swirl that leads many mothers into a well of despair. Warner's book seeks to answer the question, "Why are today's young mothers so stressed out?" Whether shuttling kids to "enriching" after-school activities or worrying about the quality of available child care, the women of Perfect Madness describe a life far out of balance. Warner spends most of the book explaining how things got to this point, and what can be done to restore some...


Ready or Not...Here We Come! The REAL Experts' Cannot-Live-Without Guide to the First Year with Twins
Elizabeth Lyons
0974699004
December 20, 2003
Paperback
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—Lisa Earle McLeod, Columnist for Lifetime Magazine and author of Forget Perfect
"Ready or Not... is the advice you need in the short, funny format your sleep-deprived mind can absorb."

—Kristi Lucariello, Mother of teenage twins and President of Performance in Practice
"...helping you survive back-to-back feedings, living with stereophonic crying, and coping with a double round of diaper rash...

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Dear Mom
Bradley Trevor Greive
0740715283
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sometimes it's hard to find the right words to tell Mom just how you feel. How can you adequately thank her for all her selfless acts of love and tireless devotion? Bradley Trevor Greive's new book, Dear Mom, will help children of all ages (especially those who call themselves grown-ups) express those special thoughts and feelings in tenderly honest words and pictures. A poignant tribute to mothers everywhere, Dear Mom artfully combines touching animal photographs with gentle humor and heartfelt words of thanks. This sweet volume will let moms know just how much all their efforts are appreciated and how much they are truly loved.


Happy Housewives
Darla Shine
0060859202
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Says former desperate housewife Darla Shine to stay-at-home moms everywhere: What have you got to complain about? A modern-day guide to keeping house, raising kids, and loving life. Darla Shine was once a desperate housewife. Being at home with two small children and a husband who was rarely home was enough to drive her crazy. She left her high-profile job as a television producer after her son was born, while her husband continued to move up the corporate ladder. Like many of her stay-at-home-mom friends, Shine employed a housekeeper and baby-sitters so she could spend her time running to the salon, the club, and out to lunch. Then one day she was whining to her mother about how terrible her life was, and her mother yelled at her to wake up and stop being so selfish. It was just the wakeup call she needed!The...


This Is How We Do It : The Working Mothers' Manifesto
Carol Evans
1594630305
April 6, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Among PTA meetings at 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, managers who glare when a woman ducks out for her kid's pediatrician's appointment, and daycare that costs more than tuition at a state college, how do working mothers even get through the day? Working Mother magazine CEO Evans addresses this question by describing her experiences as a high-powered executive and mother, along with the experiences of the magazine's readership. A "baby boomer feminist," Evans compares companies to "middle-aged men who won't throw away that ratty, too-tight pair of college sweatpants. Sometimes it's hard to realize that comfortable old styles just don't fit anymore." She arms women with "ammunition," statistics and stories gathered by Working Mother, so that mothers can approach their employers to argue the benefits of family-friendly job...


Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
Judith Warner
1573223042
February 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
The old adage is especially true for Perfect Madness: don't judge this eminently readable book by its stern and academic-looking cover. Judith Warner's missive on the "Mommy Mystique" can be read in a weekend, if readers have the time. Of course--according to the book--many would-be readers will have to carve out the hours in between an endless sea of child-enriching activities, a soul-sucking swirl that leads many mothers into a well of despair. Warner's book seeks to answer the question, "Why are today's young mothers so stressed out?" Whether shuttling kids to "enriching" after-school activities or worrying about the quality of available child care, the women of Perfect Madness describe a life far out of balance. Warner spends most of the book explaining how things got to this point, and what can be done to restore some...


Mother-Daughter Wisdom : Understanding the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, and Health
Christiane Md Northrup
0553380125
March 28, 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
It's a rare book that delivers so completely on such a broad promise. Mother-Daughter Wisdom is written to connect the dots between a number of separate parts: logical and emotional morality, physical and mental health, friends and family, and in an overarching sense, the relationship between being a woman's daughter and raising a daughter of your own. Because of the scope of information presented, it can be tricky to pick up the book and look for quick guidance on a particular topic such as adolescent weight issues or childhood asthma; more use, and more pleasure, will be found if you add it to your permanent reference shelf to look through in stages. Author Dr. Christiane Northup (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom) seamlessly blends personal stories with clear research in a way that creates a compelling read from...


Mommy Wars : Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families
Leslie Morgan Steiner
1400064155
March 7, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Most of the women here, famous and otherwise, express a familiar guilt along with pride at how they make peace with their choices juggling motherhood and career. Some, like Harvard MBA Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, have pursued a high-octane job while raising two kids; others have scaled back work or work at home in order to be with their kids all day. These mommies (most are upper-middle-class white mothers who've made careers out of writing in some form) almost without exception have solid, provider husbands, and nannies or full-time babysitters. Moms in similar situations stand to gain the most from the collection and will relish such gems as novelist Jane Smiley's "Feminism Meets the Free Market," where she notes, "Home was the refuge when the workplace drove us out," and PW editor-in-chief Sara Nelson's revelation,...

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