I Don't Know How She Does it by Allison Pearson
(Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries)

80%

6 Critic Reviews

It is vastly ambitious and amazingly, unbelievably, Pearson pulls it off: I can't think of a woman who wouldn't want this book.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.” Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter’s school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don’t Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.


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About Allison Pearson

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Allison Pearson, an award-winning journalist and author, is a staff writer for the London Daily Telegraph. Her first novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, became an international bestseller and was translated into thirty-two languages. She is a patron of Camfed, a charity that supports the education of thousands of African girls. Pearson lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two children.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Anchor. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for I Don't Know How She Does it
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 01 2002

From the upper echelons of working mothers, a fictional answer to The Nanny Diaries—and likely to be as popular.

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Guardian

Below average
on Jun 29 2002

A passingly amusing newspaper column mistakenly allowed to get totally out of hand

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Guardian

Excellent
on Jun 29 2002

It is vastly ambitious and amazingly, unbelievably, Pearson pulls it off: I can't think of a woman who wouldn't want this book.

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Guardian

Below average
on Jun 23 2002

As fiction, it is an also-ran, and as a novel, it doesn't quite believe in itself...other characters strut into the book like amateur actors.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 22 2011

...eventually I finished, and Kate Reddy's candid, yearning voice vanished from my daily commute. I am bereft. Hurry up and write another one, Allison Pearson!

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 11 2002

...Allison Pearson hilariously details the dilemmas most working mums face in trying to be everything to everyone, while not feeling particularly adept in any department. Brava.

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