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The Comeback: Seven Stories of Women Who Went from Career to Family and Back Again

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Publisher Comments:

A must-read for all women juggling career and family: an inspiring book that argues that women can have it all—just not all at once.

Weve all heard the chatter in magazines and on television about off-ramps and on-ramps, decreased earning power, increased competition, too much readjustment, too little flexibility, no jobs, no hope—nothing to look forward to. Women are used to being told that once we get off the career track, we can't get back on. In The Comeback, Emma Gilbey Keller proves that this isnt true: More and more, companies today are looking at the value of hiring returning mothers. In this encouraging book, Keller tells the stories of seven very different women who sought to strike a balance between demanding careers and budding families. With all of them there came a moment—unplanned—when they decided to give up work and become full-time mothers. Then, some time later, each of them decided it was time to start thinking about going back. Their stories are complicated, filled with the choices, decisions and trade-offs that all mothers face. Each ended up with some version of the balance that we all strive for as we juggle work and families. Achieving this balance always takes effort, frustration, and give-and-take, but in the end anyone can do it.

An absorbing blend of story, insight, advice, and inspiration, The Comeback offers a positive message to mothers overwhelmed by the ever-shifting work versus home debate.

Review:

"Keller (Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela) recounts the professional and personal identity crisis she suffered after full-time motherhood estranged her from her former career as a successful writer and left her in the shadow of her husband — New York Times executive editor Bill Keller. Drawing upon her own experience and discomfort in being 'Mrs. New York Times,' the author chronicles the challenges facing seven other women in diverse professions — law, business, photography, teaching — launching their own career comebacks after devoting themselves exclusively to their children. Keller's profiles are warm, laudatory, refreshingly nonjudgmental — she honors both working and stay-at-home moms — and relentlessly honest in depicting the low confidence that paralyzes women eager to rejoin the workplace. Although Keller occasionally burdens her tales with excessive — and bland — biographical detail, her character and career sketches do shed insight into how women have rediscovered their professional identities through sheer perseverance. Women contemplating their own re-entries into their careers or into new professions will relish this book for its frankness, encouragement and practical direction. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Missing from the last decade's worth of books about motherhood and work — whether denouncing women for having children too early or too late, for working too much or too little — has been the fact that most women with children change or redefine their careers as their children are born and grow. Unlike the straight and logical career path we may have imagined for ourselves as children, the road most... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Emma Gilbey Keller is the author of Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela. She has written for the London Sunday Times, the London Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Marie Claire, More magazine, Vanity Fair, and Tatler, among others. She grew up in England and lives in New York City with her husband Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times, and their two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596912236
Subtitle:
Seven Stories of Women Who Went from Career to Family and Back Again
Author:
Keller, Emma Gilbey
Author:
Keller, Emma
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Work and family
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women & Business
Subject:
Work and family -- United States.
Subject:
Women in the professions -- United States.
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080902
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Keller (Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela) recounts the professional and personal identity crisis she suffered after full-time motherhood estranged her from her former career as a successful writer and left her in the shadow of her husband — New York Times executive editor Bill Keller. Drawing upon her own experience and discomfort in being 'Mrs. New York Times,' the author chronicles the challenges facing seven other women in diverse professions — law, business, photography, teaching — launching their own career comebacks after devoting themselves exclusively to their children. Keller's profiles are warm, laudatory, refreshingly nonjudgmental — she honors both working and stay-at-home moms — and relentlessly honest in depicting the low confidence that paralyzes women eager to rejoin the workplace. Although Keller occasionally burdens her tales with excessive — and bland — biographical detail, her character and career sketches do shed insight into how women have rediscovered their professional identities through sheer perseverance. Women contemplating their own re-entries into their careers or into new professions will relish this book for its frankness, encouragement and practical direction. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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