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Mommy Wars: Stay-At-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families

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With motherhood comes one of the toughest decisions of a womans life: Stay at home or pursue a career? The dilemma not only divides mothers into hostile, defensive camps but pits individual mothers against themselves. Leslie Morgan Steiner has been there. As an executive at The Washington Post, a writer, and mother of three, she has lived and breathed every side of the “mommy wars.” Rather than just watch the battles rage, Steiner decided to do something about it. She commissioned twenty-six outspoken mothers to write about their lives, their families, and the choices that have worked for them. The result is a frank, surprising, and utterly refreshing look at American motherhood.

Ranging in age from twenty-five to seventy-two and scattered across the country from New Hampshire to California, these mothers reflect the full spectrum of lifestyle choices. Women who have been home with the kids from day one, moms who shuttle from full-time office jobs to part-time at-home work, hard-driving executives who put in seventy-hour-plus weeks: they all get a turn. The one thing these women have in common, aside from having kids, is that theyre all terrific writers.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley vividly recounts how her generation stormed the American workplace–only to take refuge at home when the workplace drove them out. Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky describes what it felt like to hear her kids scream “I hope you never come back!” when she flew to L.A. to launch the show that made her career. Susan Cheever, novelist, biographer, and New York Newsday columnist, reports on the furious battles between the stroller pushers and the briefcase bearers on the streets of Manhattan. Lois R. Shea traded the journalistic fast track for a house in the country where she could raise her daughter in peace. Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, chief operating officer of the Womens National Basketball Association, argues fiercely that you can combine ambition and motherhood–and have a blast in the process.

Candid, engaging, by turns unflinchingly honest and painfully funny, the essays collected here offer an astonishingly intimate portrait of the state of motherhood today. Mommy Wars is a book by and for and about the real experts on motherhood and hard work: the women at home, in the office, on the job every day of their lives.

Review:

"Most of the women here, famous and otherwise, express a familiar guilt along with pride at how they make peace with their choices juggling motherhood and career. Some, like Harvard MBA Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, have pursued a high-octane job while raising two kids; others have scaled back work or work at home in order to be with their kids all day. These mommies (most are upper-middle-class white mothers who've made careers out of writing in some form) almost without exception have solid, provider husbands, and nannies or full-time babysitters. Moms in similar situations stand to gain the most from the collection and will relish such gems as novelist Jane Smiley's 'Feminism Meets the Free Market,' where she notes, 'Home was the refuge when the workplace drove us out,' and PW editor-in-chief Sara Nelson's revelation, in 'Working Mother, Not Guilty,' that her career gives her 10-year-old 'a sense that there's a whole world outside of our little family.' Washington Post advertising director Steiner offers a valuable opportunity for discussing women's 'inner catfight.' In lieu of mud-slinging, she presents a reasonable and low-key forum for mutual understanding and respect." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

As an executive at "The Washington Post" and mother of three, Steiner has lived every side of the "mommy wars." In this new book, she commissions 26 outspoken mothers to write about their lives, their families, and the choices that have worked for them. The result is a frank, surprising, and utterly refreshing look at American motherhood.

About the Author

Leslie Morgan Steiner, is an executive with The Washington Post, and has three children under the age of ten. In addition to writing for the Post, she has contributed regularly to national publications including Money, Seventeen, Mademoiselle, and New England Monthly.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400064151
Subtitle:
Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families
Author:
Steiner, Leslie Morgan
Author:
Edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Women & Business
Subject:
Housewives
Subject:
Working mothers
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Parenting
Publication Date:
20060307
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.30x6.52x1.22 in. 1.33 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Most of the women here, famous and otherwise, express a familiar guilt along with pride at how they make peace with their choices juggling motherhood and career. Some, like Harvard MBA Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff, have pursued a high-octane job while raising two kids; others have scaled back work or work at home in order to be with their kids all day. These mommies (most are upper-middle-class white mothers who've made careers out of writing in some form) almost without exception have solid, provider husbands, and nannies or full-time babysitters. Moms in similar situations stand to gain the most from the collection and will relish such gems as novelist Jane Smiley's 'Feminism Meets the Free Market,' where she notes, 'Home was the refuge when the workplace drove us out,' and PW editor-in-chief Sara Nelson's revelation, in 'Working Mother, Not Guilty,' that her career gives her 10-year-old 'a sense that there's a whole world outside of our little family.' Washington Post advertising director Steiner offers a valuable opportunity for discussing women's 'inner catfight.' In lieu of mud-slinging, she presents a reasonable and low-key forum for mutual understanding and respect." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , As an executive at "The Washington Post" and mother of three, Steiner has lived every side of the "mommy wars." In this new book, she commissions 26 outspoken mothers to write about their lives, their families, and the choices that have worked for them. The result is a frank, surprising, and utterly refreshing look at American motherhood.
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