American Mom: Motherhood, Politics, and Humble Pie

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 1995 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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Married in the '70s, Blakely expected to be the kind of mother society could admire. But, caught up in the women's movement--and an increasingly chaotic world--she soon lost her innocence about "expert" wisdom and began to break the rules. With humor and insight, this acclaimed journalist explodes the myths of motherhood today.
 

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AMERICAN MOM: On Motherhood, Politics and Humble Pie

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A memoir of a woman in progress, this volume describes the 20 years spent raising two sons to be sensitive, responsible, independent—and, hopefully, to pick up their socks. "Do you mistake me for ... Read full review

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Aside from the great Murphy Brown debate, motherhood and politics are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. Cultural reporter Blakely has woven these two subjects into an interesting collection of ... Read full review

Contents

The Mother
20
Two Just a Housewife
36
Three Becoming Outlaws
54
The Boys
65
Four The Big McSmack
75
Five Adjusting to Reality
103
Six The Holistic Divorce
121
Seven A Postnuclear Family
133
Eight Approaching Ground Zero
148
Eleven The Importance of Being Imperfect
195
Twelve The Brownie Revolt
205
Fourteen Here They Come Hormones Raging
235
Fifteen Hey Stupid
243
Sixteen AWresdingMom
252
Epilogue The Independence Room
278
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Mary Kay Blakely's essays and articles on social and political issues have appeared in the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", "Vogue", "Life", and "Mirabella". She is a contributing editor at both "Ms." magazine and the "L.A. Times Sunday Magazine". Author of the critically acclaimed memoir "Wake Me When It's Over", Blakely lectures frequently to community groups and on college campuses. She is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has been on the faculty of Indiana University / Purdue University and The New School for Social Research in New York City.

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