bethreadsandnaps's review

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Let's start out with the good. The author has the coolest name ever. I would love to be named Faulkner Fox.

And then there's the book. Have you ever wanted to stab an author? This was my first time in wanting to commit homicide. I know, I should have just put the book down; it would have done wonders for my blood pressure.

I couldn't stand her tone - it was whiny, it was annoying, it was overprivileged, it was completely ungracious, it was petty. I don't need to hear her two birthing stories over 50 pages, like she's the only woman who has ever given birth. I really want to smack this woman.

But she has a cool name.

stayingherself's review

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I only read this because it was in the breakroom at work.

debnanceatreaderbuzz's review

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Faulkner Fox has it all---a home, a job
she loves, a husband she adores, and two delightful sons. Yet,
somehow, she feels a disquieting sense of unhappiness. This book is
her attempt to come to terms with her feelings about motherhood amid
a culture that promotes not only selfless devotion to one's children
but also the ambitious strivings of modern women.

Though my own baby-steeped days have now passed, I can clearly
remember my own angst during those difficult early years at home. Fox
does a good job of trying to figure out the why, why, why of her
unhappiness while at the same time reminding us all of the
simultaneous bubbly joy of spending time with the fascinating little
beings our children often are. I'd recommend this for all moms, past
and present.

aje9065a's review

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an honest look at motherhood from the feminist perspective--what happens when you acknowledge all that is wrong with the patriarchal system that we live under, and then get married and have children, and want the best for them. you still want the best for yourself. and what's wrong with that?
and how does one deal with that, on a day-to-day basis? fox brings both a literary eye and a analytical style in this volume. the citations, as well as fox's own admittance as a control-freak, allow the reader to understand how the academic brain functions outside of an academic setting.
overall this book is interesting and well-thought out.