Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood Hardcover – April 6 1999
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- Publisher : Villard; 1st edition (April 6 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375502696
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375502699
- Item Weight : 408 g
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 2.54 x 19.69 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,923,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Editors Camille Peri and Kate Moses have created a chorus with range: this is not a stream of white, privileged voices interrupted only occasionally by news from the underclass, news from women of color, or news from sexual minorities. If anything, the book is too focused on a wide variety of very personal stories--one often wishes for the gesture of expansion, the linking of the personal to the cultural. Still, that's a small gripe to have with a book that takes us into the brainier, funnier kitchens of motherhood all over America.
From Publishers Weekly
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Leaving aside politics, there's a tone of incredible smugness to these tales. The odd single or lesbian mom aside, these are invariably well-married, well-to-do women with all the niceties of life. You see a lot of them these days: mothers talking about the "incredible intensity" of the motherhood experience while employing nannies for 8-hour days and whining about how they've had no time to work on their postmodern novel or doctoral dissertation. These women also tend to regard their offspring as fonts of Delphic wisdom and "gifted." Oh, please. Let's let these ladies stand around the daycare or the Lake Forest Starbucks and trade these stories. Or, better yet, keep them in Salon magazine along with the like-minded nattering classes.
I was also struck by the depth of emotion expressed by the authors. Reading this book, I felt that it was telling the truth about being a mother; the emotion you feel towards your children is the strongest you'll ever experience.
Top reviews from other countries
Must admit though, I couldn't get over the title, "Mothers Who Think" as if there are mothers who don't. Like this is a book for smart mothers; those other mothers would never understand. Yeah right. And aside from a lot of great stories, the last story was a bit draggy. Also there's a story about a woman who decides to not be a mother. I remember feeling dissatisfied at the end of that story and had to find something else to read and add more hot water to my bath.
But, mostly by the end of the book, I felt like these writers were my friends. I shared my ideas with their ideas and understanding of motherhood. I related to them, even when I disagreed with them. They reminded me of my own terrible thoughts, then reminded me that motherhood for us all, everywhere CAN be terrible along with being terribly ecstatic and terribly funny. May we all keep laughing at ourselves.