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

Cori Howard , Key Porter Books
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Real, raw...I want more! Jan. 23 2009
Format:Hardcover
I received this book from my sister for my birthday. I read it front to back in three days, during my commute to work and back every day. I have since gone back into the book to re-read a few of the stories because they hit such an emotional place that I could relate to. This compilation is unbelievably written. The stories are so real and its comforting to know that what I am going through as a Mother is somewhat the same as what other Mothers are also going through.

A MUST READ for all Moms today. Amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Articulated my feelings for me May 25 2008
Format:Hardcover
My husband got this book from the library as something I might want to read. I stopped reading another book I was in the middle of, and couldn't get enough of this book. It's journeying back to the early days of motherhood (our daughter is now almost 2 yrs old) and the conflicting feelings that went with it--this time articulated to the last detail by strangers. I could totally relate to the writings of these women, in a way I couldn't explain to my dearest friends who had not gone thru the experience.
What a treasure. Highly recommended to moms and moms-to-be.
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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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