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Download Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samantha Parent Walravens Narrator: Catherine Treadgold Publisher: Coffeetown Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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Real mothers. Real careers. Real conflict.

Striking the right balance between career and motherhood is one of the most stressful, heart-wrenching tasks facing women today. In Torn, 46 women examine the conflict between the need to nurture and the need to work, and reveal creative solutions for having the best of both worlds. The stories in the collection offer hope and inspiration, but they also reveal the messy realities of modern motherhood and life's inevitable crises, both small and large: from breast pump mishaps to battles with cancer; diaper blowouts to debilitating depression; competitive cupcake baking to coming home from war.

In the end, the listener can take comfort in the knowledge that there is no perfect mother; nor is there a perfect balance when it comes to kids and career. The real challenge facing women today is not juggling their many roles, but realigning their expectations of what is possible and accepting that success does not equal doing it all.

Torn was selected as a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal Winner for 2011.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/14/2014

    " For any mom, working out of the home, working from home, staying at home, working part-time, etc., etc. This collection of essays is heart-wrenching, delightful, and inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/1/2014

    " Good book with lots of food for thought. Series of essays from mothers balancing / choosing not to balance work outside the home and motherhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrett | 1/19/2014

    " The stories were beautifully written. Wish they would have been a little more upbeat about the prospects of finding a healthy balance between work and parenthood. Not all women today are "torn." Definitely an enjoyable and enlightening read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Mumma | 1/19/2014

    " Some essays were great, some less so, but it felt like there were broad gaps in the perspectives offered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maven | 1/16/2014

    " As a mother, professor and advocate of women's issues, I feel that this book is a must-read for women today. It gives a variety of perspectives on the challenges that women face when they pursue a career and decide to have children. This is the real deal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 12/18/2013

    " This is a book of essays about the conflicts inherent in choosing work or staying home. I've read many of these and this one was nothing particularly special. In fact, I renewed it several times and while I did get through a about 2/3 of it, it was not compelling enough for me to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 12/17/2013

    " I was expecting a bit more variety and less predictability. I think this is a very slim sample of privileged women, and a lot is lost with that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/5/2013

    " I was drawn to this book after seeing a book "trailer" for it (who knew books had trailers). It is great to know that I am not alone in my thoughts about being a working mom. I want and need to work for my own sanity but constantly struggle with the mommy guilt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 8/19/2013

    " A touching look at the conflict women face today of choosing career over family or vice versa. The stories will make you laugh and cry at the same time. A must read for all women who have children or are thinking of having children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aileen | 8/12/2013

    " I highly recommend this book to working moms. I loved most of the essays in it, and it really shows the choice is not as clear as just work or stay at home. There are so many different stories and ways mothers have gone about balancing children and a career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Brock | 6/25/2013

    " I loved this book, it hit every emotion I have in me! These womens stories are gifts, and the book is beautifully assembled. I'm giving it to my friends for Mothers Day!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Zeis | 12/22/2012

    " Frankly, it became a bummer. I didn't want to read about others complaining or lamenting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 9/20/2012

    " I am finding this to be really interesting...my question is, where are the husbands/Fathers? :) "

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