A Life's Work

A Life's Work

On Becoming A Mother

Book - 2002 | 1st U.S. ed
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Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2002, c2001
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312269876
0312269870
Branch Call Number: 306.87 C961L
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 22 cm

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sdclare
Oct 29, 2018

Brilliant. No cliches. Just honest, detailed observation

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uncommonreader
Feb 03, 2014

Funny, insightful, narcissistic.

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LadyOddly
Feb 04, 2010

One of the best books on motherhood I have read. This was the book I craved in the first year of my daughter's life but didn't find until now. Better late than never. This book is by turns tender, scathing, hilarious, and disturbingly accurate. So often I found myself nodding in recognition and agreement with Cusk's observations and experiences. Don't expect cliches about the joy of motherhood. Expect a book about the search for the self at a time when a woman is called on to be her most selfless. Don't expect "What to Expect"--in fact, Cusk takes dead aim at all the advice books, as well as the other trappings of pregnancy and early years child rearing--pre-natal yoga, breast feeding clinics, public health visitors, mom and baby groups, and other new mothers who make you feel guilty when you complain. Plus the prose is very beautiful and moving.

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