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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (459 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caitlin Flanagan Narrator: Julia Fletcher Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781598872811
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From weddings and sex to housekeeping and motherhood, women still must juggle the trappings of modern life, says this entertaining, acerbic writer for The New Yorker. She reveals both the high cost women pay for devoting themselves to the people the Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/10/2014

    " The book started out strong with some really interesting research. I agreed with so many of her points, but really felt like she kept missing the mark. I didn't appreciate her attack on Steven Covey and think that she simply doesn't really understand his philosophy. She has a witty writing style and MOST, not all, of the book was enjoyable. I skipped some. I ended up disagreeing with some of her conclusions. She seems to think that the only benefit of a mother staying home with her children is that they will be with the person who loves them the most. I think there is much more to it than that and believe the position of stay-at home mom or at-home parent (as she calls it) deserves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/7/2014

    " She starts out with a good argument about staying home with the kids, then ruins it all by hiring a nanny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 1/19/2014

    " Is it ironic that I listened to this while doing household chores? The author gave me some insights about certain other women, but she really does over-generalize, because the insights didn't apply to me or to other mothers I know. I did like the poignant bit comparing Erma Bombeck to Betty Friedan, though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/9/2014

    " This book was amazing. I reccomend for for any woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Cate | 12/24/2013

    " "Housewives didn't trot after their children the way I trot after mine: Junior All Stars! Karate! Art for Tots! Their children trotted after them. I whiled away a childhood leaning on the counters of dry cleaners, and shoe repairmen, and I was happy to do it. I liked being with my mother. To me she never seemed diminished or unimportant because of those endless domestic errands. On the contrary, the work she did was wholly connected to the life we were living." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 12/23/2013

    " Okay, but found I didn't have much in common with the author. Uplifting views of motherhood/housekeeping at times, but generally I found this a bit depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/20/2013

    " Flanagan takes a humorous look at whether or not the modern American woman is really any better off than our mothers or grandmothers are. Sure, we have more choices...we can work, we can stay at home, we can work at home...but are we trying to do too much? She wonders why we balk at the thought of doing dishes, but at the same time we're obsessed with Martha Stewart. The quality of these essays vary. Some were five star, others not so much. I think that women like myself (educated, working, middle-class moms in their 30s and 40s) are exactly the demographic she was going for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Johnson | 12/10/2013

    " This was not at all what I thought it was. I thought it would be just amusing essays and thoughts on motherhood. It was a thoughtful look at the conflicts working mothers and at-home mothers face, raising children, being wives, and then a whole lot more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 12/3/2013

    " An entertaining discussion of the benefits of being a full time mom. There's also good bit of history regarding the emergence of the working mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kory Booher | 10/21/2013

    " I loved the first half of this book- but once we got past the historical context of the housewife, I got bored. Her personal experiences or observations I didn't find interesting enough to continue reading- so I put down the book and did the laundry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaitlin | 10/16/2013

    " The author spent most of the book saying how gender roles suck, particularly those of females. Then basically finished by saying that she really likes being a mom and wife and wouldn't trade it for anything. Sooooo, to hell with all what exactly? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 10/6/2013

    " Started very well, she has some interesting and provocative ideas. But then she became just another upper middle class woman talking about her nanny... Boring! As Morrissey once sang, "It says nothing to me about my life." and then something about hanging the DJ.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzy | 7/3/2013

    " Excellent book of essays illuminating the past and present and push/pull of womanhood and motherhood. I adored this book. Flanagan is smart, observant, non-judgmental and brings a clarity to these topics that makes me say "wow...she totally nailed it." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilana | 10/21/2012

    " Most of the time Flanagan is irritating, hypocritical and just plain wrong. But, it's a well-written and often very funny book and it raises some interesting questions about topics ranging from home organization shows on tv to child-centric vacations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 5/10/2012

    " This book was funny and touching and clever. It made me feel good about being a housewife. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/28/2012

    " This book had many truths. She is an excellent writer, I also enjoy her book reviews in the Atlantic. It was also interesting reading about...a whole other culture...at least that's as close as I can explain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/7/2011

    " This topic was so interesting to me. I was really intersted in this book from start to finish. Excellent book club book - the endless discussions that would be possible! (Though she does makes a snide book club reference.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Soledad | 6/10/2011

    " There were a few things that really hit me, mostly when Flanagan talks about losing her mother. Made me think about my mother and the choices she made, and the choices I'll be making in the future. Interesting book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/20/2011

    " Eh. I couldn't figure out what her position was most of the time. I just didn't like this book. She just seemed to go on and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/31/2010

    " I wish the author had taken a stance one way or the other. She talks about the great things housewives did and were capable of, then says how they escaped. It was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 12/20/2010

    " Surprisingly great writing! Informative and relatable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/13/2010

    " This book had me laughing out loud, then sniffling by the end. I think every mother would enjoy this book, whether they've chosen to stay at home or work. Flanagan is fair to both, as unusual as that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniellefirth | 11/9/2010

    " To all those feminist housewives, waiting to break free, this is one for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanna | 6/7/2010

    " I don't like this book. There is too much loathing and not much loving from the author's perspective. It mades me wonder what's her point in staying in a marriage if the situation is so dire to begin with.

    A relatively depressing book to me. No recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 3/23/2010

    " Okay, but found I didn't have much in common with the author. Uplifting views of motherhood/housekeeping at times, but generally I found this a bit depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/5/2010

    " An interesting book about housekeeping and motherhood but I have very little idea as to where the author stood on it all personally "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 12/8/2009

    " "In our culture the wise counselors who instruct young people on the most important ritual of their lives are salesman."

    I enjoy her contrariness in magazines, and I enjoyed it here, too. A delightful, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 10/9/2009

    " If I were smart and a good writer I could write this book. I read the whole thing thinking , "Amen sister!" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 10/1/2009

    " She lost me in the chapter in which she bemoaned the drudgery of being a stay-at-home mom with a nanny. "

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