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A lively and provocative look at the modern culture of motherhood and at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped current ideas about parenting

What is wrong with this picture? That's the question Judith Warner asks in this national bestseller after taking a good, hard look at the world of modern parenting--at anxious women at work and at home and in bed with unhappy husbands.

When Warner had her first child, she was living in Paris, where parents routinely left their children home, with state-subsidized nannies, to join friends in the evening for dinner or to go on dates with their husbands. When she returned to the States, she was stunned by the cultural differences she found toward how people think about effective parenting--in particular, assumptions about motherhood. None of the mothers she met seemed happy; instead, they worried about the possibility of not having the perfect child, panicking as each developmental benchmark approached.

Combining close readings of mainstream magazines, TV shows, and pop culture with a thorough command of dominant ideas in recent psychological, social, and economic theory, Perfect Madness addresses our cultural assumptions, and examines the forces that have shaped them.

Working in the tradition of classics like Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism, and with an awareness of a readership that turned recent hits like The Bitch in the House and Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It into bestsellers, Warner offers a context in which to understand parenting culture and the way we live, as well as ways of imagining alternatives--actual concrete changes--that might better our lives.

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Be sure to visit the official Web site at perfectmadness.net!

The paradigm-shattering bestseller that investigates how women have fallen into the trap of "total motherhood," and how that mind-set damages them and their relationships with their husbands and children.

Manic cookie-baking at midnight. Play dates as complicated as peace summits. Mother-of-the-birthday-boy meltdown. Ambien nights and Ritalin days. No sex. No nights out. No sleep. Ever. It's madness. Now, in one of the most controversial books of the year, Judith Warner blows the lid off American mothers dirty little secret by interviewing those American mothers across the country to try to better understand what's wrong with the culture of American parenting.

Synopsis:

The paradigm-shattering bestseller that investigates how women have fallen into the trap of "total motherhood," and how that mind-set damages them and their relationships with their husbands and children.

About the Author

Judith Warner is the author of a range of nonfiction books, among them You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America (with Howard Dean) and the bestselling biography Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story. A former special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris, she reviews books for The Washington Post and has written about politics and women's issues for magazines including New Republic and Elle.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Mommy Mystique

Preface: "This Mess"

1. Introduction: The Mommy Mystique

2. The New Problem That Has No Name

Part II: The Motherhood Religion

3. The Sacrificial Mother

4. Selfish Mothers, Forsaken Children

5. Millennial Motherhood

6. The Motherhood Religion

Part III: Ourselves, As Mothers

7. A Generation of Control Freaks

8. Running Scared

9. Winner-Take-All Parenting

10. Wonderful Husbands

11. For a Politics of Quality of Life

12. Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594481703
Author:
Warner, Judith
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.02x6.12x.94 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Be sure to visit the official Web site at perfectmadness.net!

The paradigm-shattering bestseller that investigates how women have fallen into the trap of "total motherhood," and how that mind-set damages them and their relationships with their husbands and children.

Manic cookie-baking at midnight. Play dates as complicated as peace summits. Mother-of-the-birthday-boy meltdown. Ambien nights and Ritalin days. No sex. No nights out. No sleep. Ever. It's madness. Now, in one of the most controversial books of the year, Judith Warner blows the lid off American mothers dirty little secret by interviewing those American mothers across the country to try to better understand what's wrong with the culture of American parenting.

"Synopsis" by , The paradigm-shattering bestseller that investigates how women have fallen into the trap of "total motherhood," and how that mind-set damages them and their relationships with their husbands and children.
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