Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves

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Kate Moses, Camille Peri
HarperCollins, Apr 12, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 372 pages
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In June 1997, Camille Peri and Kate Moses launched the daily website Mothers Who Think on Salon.com for women who, like themselves, were starved for smart, honest stories about motherhood -- personal and intimate stories that went beyond tantrum control and potty training to grapple with the profound issues that affect women and their children. Like the online site, their bestselling, American Book Award-winning anthology Mothers Who Think struck a nerve across the country not just with mothers, but with all those who shared a vested interest in the raising of the next generation.

Because I Said So gives readers even more to think about. This new collection of fiercely honest essays edited by Peri and Moses captures the challenges of motherhood in the twenty-first century as no other book has. Writers such as Janet Fitch, Mariane Pearl, Mary Roach, Susan Straight, Margaret Talbot, Rosellen Brown, Beth Kephart, Ariel Gore, and Ana Castillo delve into the personal and the political, giving passionate expression to their relationships with their children and to their evolving sense of themselves. Provocative, candid, witty, and wise, their stories range from the anguish of giving up child custody to the guilt of having sex in an era of sexless marriages; from learning to love the full-speed testosterone chaos of boys to raising girls in a pervasively sexualized culture; from facing racial and religious intolerance with your children to surviving cancer and rap simultaneously.

Told in prose that is as unabashedly frank as it is lyrical, this is the collective voice of real mothers -- raised above the din -- in all their humor, anger, vulnerability, grace, and glory.

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Review: Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves

User Review  - Alejandra Bernal - Goodreads

My favorite essays, in no particular order, were The Scarlet Letter Z, On Giving Hope, There's No Being Sad Here, Motherlove, Chaos Theory, and Why I Left My Children. Nevertheless, those were simply ... Read full review

Review: Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves

User Review  - Frank Jude - Goodreads

I savored this book! Edited by Camille Peri and Kate Moses, the founding editors of Salon.com's "Mothers Who Think" column (and the anthology of the same name) put together this anthology of 33 essays ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Kate Moses is a former contributing writer for Salon.com and one of the founding editors of Salon's Mothers Who Think. She is also the author of Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, as well as coeditor, with Camille Peri, of Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

Camille Peri was a founding editor of the Mothers Who Think website at Salon.com and coeditor, with Kate Moses, of the American Book Award–winning anthology Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.

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