A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
On Sale: May 4, 2010
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In our mothers’ day there were good mothers, indifferent
mothers, and occasionally, great mothers. Today we have
only Bad Mothers: If you work, you’re neglectful; if you
stay home, you’re smothering. If you discipline, you’re
buying them a spot on the shrink’s couch; if you let them
run wild, they will be into drugs by seventh grade. Is it
any wonder so many women refer to themselves at one time or
another as a “bad mother”?
Writing with remarkable candor, and dispensing much
hilarious and helpful advice along the way—Is breast best?
What should you do when your daughter dresses up as a “ho”
for Halloween?—Ayelet Waldman says it's time for women to
get over it and get on with it in this wry, unflinchingly
honest, and always insightful memoir on modern motherhood.
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