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Between Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood [Paperback]

Cori Howard , Key Porter Books
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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March 23 2009

Most mothers don’t have time for long conversations.

They may want them, crave them, begin them again and again--but they are constantly interrupted by kids, partners, work, and the day-to-day of busy lives. Between Interruptions is a remarkable collection of original essays by Canadian women that explores what is unspoken, cut off or lost in those interrupted conversations. It asks what becomes of us when our children`s lives interrupt our own. What prayers, what cries, what taboo thoughts are suddenly left unspoken?
Laid bare in this collection are the vivid, gut-wrenching, exhilarating and sometimes heartbreaking true confessions and secret longings of mothers across all ages, cultures and classes. Marina Jimenez struggles with her decision to return to her job as a journalist--in a war zone. Carrie-Anne Moss lets us into her home during her self-imposed, forty-day seclusion after the birth of her first son. Chantal Kreviazuk learns to surrender to the limitations of motherhood. Joanna Streetly struggles to find a balance between protecting and letting go. Elizabeth Renzetti and Katrina Onstad search for friends in mommyland. And Estee Klar-Wolfond finds perfection in autism.


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CORI HOWARD is an award-winning journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Independent, Maclean's and Chatelaine. Her radio and television work has appeared predominantly on the CBC. She lives in Vancouver.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book May 18 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is one of those books that you read once ... and then continually go back to. It is a perfect pick-me-up when things aren't going as well as you'd hope, a great way to celebrate when things are. Love this book and highly recommend it to all moms and moms-to-be. The writing is excellent and the stories, very inspiring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for new moms Dec 8 2010
Format:Hardcover
I wish I had been given this book when I became a new mom. It gives you so many different essays from moms that there will be one to relate too. As a Momoir Project fan--this is a great book to re-read over thae next many many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Conversation You Can Finish at Your Convenience Aug. 16 2007
Format:Hardcover
If you swear you haven't been able to finish a sentence, let alone complete a conversation, in years, here's a book that gives you the lowdown on what your mom friends have been trying to tell you between interruptions.

The essays in this book are organized around five key themes -- ambition, anxiety, guilt, devotion, and redemption -- and deal with situations as varied as postpartum depression, mom friendships, becoming your own father (yes father, not mother), resenting the nanny, knowing when your family is finished, and the perils of potties as hats.

To create this collection, CBC producer Cori Howard, the book's editor, solicited contributions from both well-known and not-so-well-known Canadian mothers: novelists, journalists, newspaper and magazine editors, singer/songwriters, broadcasters, bloggers (including Toronto blogger MUBAR -- Mothered Up Beyond All Recognition), and others. The result is an honest and memorable collection of outtakes from the lives of Canadian moms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tell it like it is Dec 5 2011
By MMaria
Format:Hardcover
I often referred to my daytime job as a job of interruptions....then I became a first time mom....and let's just say that even though it was planned and I felt good about it...I was still feeling blindsided. The title of the book caught my eye. Life is now a series if interruptions and unfinished thoughts. This book tells it like it is and offers reassurance and hope. It is thoughtfully organized and very readable. Great personal memoirs, realistic portrayals of the often tormenting feelings of motherhood as one adjusts to the new realities of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening thrill Dec 13 2010
By Lauren
Format:Hardcover
I started reading this book expecting to hear a lot of familiar stories about the trials of raising a child, but as I made my way through the wonderfully varied essays, I found myself gripped by the richness of these women's collective experiences. I laughed, cried and sighed in relief as I realised that my own trials were pleasantly mundane by comparison. A thoroughly enjoyable and surprising read for any mother - or father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the range of experiences and emotions Dec 9 2010
By brenda
Format:Hardcover
I read this book a few years ago when I had my twin boys and it resonated far more with me than a medical book for new moms. It made me laugh and contextualize my situation. Moms speaking to moms is a far better way to approach understanding motherhood and Cori's book captures the full range of what happens to you when you embark on this journey. I attended one of her mini-workshops and now subscribe to her e-newsletters as well. brenda
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