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Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother

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Acclaimed author Lauren Slater ruminates on what it means to be family.

 

Lauren Slater’s rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. Boldly honest, these biographical pieces reveal Slater at her wittiest and most deeply personal.  She describes her journey from fiercely independent young woman to wife and mother, all while coping with mental illness. She tells of a chemical fire that rekindled the flame in her ailing relationship with her husband; she reflects on her decision to have an abortion, and then later to have children despite suffering from severe depression; she examines sex, love, mastectomies, and how nannies can be intrusive while dogs become family. Beautifully written, often humorous, and always revealing, these stories scrutinize the complex questions surrounding family life, offering up sometimes uncomfortable truths.

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Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. She is the author of seven books, including The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals, Welcome to My Country, Prozac Diaries, and Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century. Slater lives with her husband, two children, and many animals in Harvard, Massachusetts.  

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Preface xi

 

1 Tripp Lake 1

2 Going Solo 12

3 Paired 16

4 On Fire 24

5 Uncurling 32

6 My Life as a Father 37

7 Isosceles 46

8 Squared Off 57

9 The Other Mother 65

10 The Suit 82

11 Bilateral 89

12 Zyprexa 96

13 Shame 104

14 Sex: In Three Positions 115

15 Tongue and Groove 130

16 Boneyard 142

17 Dolled Up 156

18 The Mud Is in My Mouth 173

Acknowledgments 189

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807001738
Author:
Slater, Lauren
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.36 x 6.3 x 0.94 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
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
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. She is the author of seven books, including The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals, Welcome to My Country, Prozac Diaries, and Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century. Slater lives with her husband, two children, and many animals in Harvard, Massachusetts.  
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