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Award-winning author Jeanne Marie Laskas has charmed and delighted readers with her heartwarming and hilarious tales of life on Sweetwater Farm. Now she offers her most personal and most deeply felt memoir yet as she embarks on her greatest, most terrifying, most rewarding endeavor of all….

A good mother, writes Jeanne Marie Laskas in her latest report from Sweetwater Farm, would have bought a house in the suburbs with a cul-de-sac for her kids to ride bikes around instead of a ramshackle house in the middle of nowhere with a rooster. With the wryly observed self-doubt all mothers and mothers-to-be will instantly recognize, Laskas offers a poignant and laugh-out-loud-funny meditation on that greatest–and most impossible–of all life’s journeys: motherhood.

What is it, she muses, that’s so exhausting about being a mom? You’d think raising two little girls would be a breeze compared to dealing with the barely controlled anarchy of “attack” roosters, feuding neighbors, and a scheme to turn sheep into lawn mowers on the fifty-acre farm she runs with her bemused husband Alex. But, as any mother knows, you’d be wrong.

From struggling with the issues of race and identity as she raises two children adopted from China to taking her daughters to the mall for their first manicures, Jeanne Marie captures those magic moments that make motherhood the most important and rewarding job in the world–even if it’s never been done right. For, as she concludes in one of her three a.m. worry sessions, feeling like a bad mother is the only way to know you’re doing your job.

Whether confronting Sasha’s language delay, reflecting on Anna’s devotion to a creepy backwards-running chicken, feeling outclassed by the fabulous homeroom moms, or describing the rich, secret language each family shares, these candid observations from the front lines of parenthood are filled with love and laughter–and radiant with the tough, tender, and timeless wisdom only raising kids can teach us.

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In a collection of real-life stories of motherhood, a columnist and author of Fifty Acres and a Poodle chronicles the joys and challenges of raising children on Sweetwater Farm, from the spring-time births of a number of farm animals to her teenage daughter Anna's first summer romance. Reprint. 22,500 first printing.

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Jeannne Marie Laskas is a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, a GQ correspondent, and the author of Fifty Acres and a Poodle and the award-winning The Exact Same Moon. A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, she also writes the "My Life as a Mom" column for Ladies Home Journal. She lives with her husband and two children at Sweetwater Farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307420695
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Author:
Laskas, Jeanne Marie
Author:
Jeanne Marie Laskas
Subject:
Literary Collections : Essays
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Parenting - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Motherhood -- United States.
Subject:
Pennsylvania Social life and customs.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Adoption and Foster Care
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

Related Subjects

Biography » Women
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Mothering

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Product details 288 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307420695 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a collection of real-life stories of motherhood, a columnist and author of Fifty Acres and a Poodle chronicles the joys and challenges of raising children on Sweetwater Farm, from the spring-time births of a number of farm animals to her teenage daughter Anna's first summer romance. Reprint. 22,500 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Jeannne Marie Laskas is a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, a GQ correspondent, and the author of Fifty Acres and a Poodle and the award-winning The Exact Same Moon. A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, she also writes the "My Life as a Mom" column for Ladies Home Journal. She lives with her husband and two children at Sweetwater Farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania.

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