Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

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In our mothers’ day there were good mothers, indifferent mothers, and occasionally, great mothers. Today we have only Bad Mothers: If you work, you’re neglectful; if you stay home, you’re smothering. If you discipline, you’re buying them a spot on the shrink’s couch; if you let them run wild, they will be into drugs by seventh grade. Is it any wonder so many women refer to themselves at one time or another as a “bad mother”?
 
Writing with remarkable candor, and dispensing much hilarious and helpful advice along the way—Is breast best? What should you do when your daughter dresses up as a “ho” for Halloween?—Ayelet Waldman says it's time for women to get over it and get on with it in this wry, unflinchingly honest, and always insightful memoir on modern motherhood.


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About Ayelet Waldman

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AYELET WALDMAN is the author of Daughter's Keeper and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, New York, Elle, Vogue, and other publications. She and her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, live in Berkeley, California, with their four children.
 
Published May 5, 2009 by Anchor. 226 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Writing about motherhood is a little bit like writing about sex — in both cases, the author confronts the challenge of finding something new to say about a subject so powerful that all but the most inspired language sounds either trite or overblown.

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Waldman covers the gamut: from nursing to failure to nurse, from her pregnancies, to having the courage to abort a child that might have been born seriously defective.

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But, because Waldman seems to know that each of us is at some point each kind of mother, Bad Mother is for all of us who strive, fail, and love because, sooner or later, each of us judges or is judged, and each of us knows that the highest standard is the one that haunts our 3 AM minds.

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Like Waldman I believe in honesty and so I appreciated her saying, right out in her introduction that “I believe that mothers should tell the truth, even — no, especially — when the truth is difficult.” This is crucial, Waldman says, because as she points out, the world is constantly trying to ma...

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Waldman has stirred controversy before by confessing that she loves her husband more than her children. Now she takes on the burden of other "maternal crimes" with intelligence and humor. Her points are strong, though her tone occasionally strays into self-absorbed.

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Book Reporter

Some will undoubtedly judge Waldman for her decisions (and for her decision to write about them), but the open-hearted and open-minded will find a woman both strong and sensitive, a mother of fierce love and self-doubt, a book worth reading, and a description of the complexities of motherhood tha...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Tampa Bay Times

In Bad Mother, Ayelet Waldman, lawyer, novelist, essayist, wife and mother of four, attempts to wrestle to the ground her various insecurities, worries and doubts about her success (and failures) as a mother, peering into all the cracks and crevices that make up modern motherhood.

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The Anniston Star

That judgment, which often results in a guilty, "bad mother" verdict, is what led Waldman to write Bad Mother.

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