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July 1, 2008

Tales of working motherhood

Filed under: Books — Aravinda @ 1:52 pm
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So I finished I Don’t Know How She Does It (2002) and it is definitely a good read. I didn’t want it to end, and all that. Finale is worth every penny, and maybe the dragging middle was worth it too. It all comes together in the end. The more I reflect on it, and in conversations with other mothers of young children, whose work revolves around multiple focal points, inside and outside the home, I think this is a book that intimately understands our plight, and makes the reasonable demand that working motherhood not be a plight. It does all this without sacrificing literary interest. Kate’s character is genuinely inspiring (more towards the end. I was often exasperated with her in the middle. Then again, so was she, though often she was too busy to admit it.) I would have liked the ending to last longer, since that is the most exciting part of the story.

Still, for affirming the strength of the working mother, and the truth that every mother is a working mother, The Country Bunny and her Little Golden Shoes (1939) has got to be the best in my book. That is a world worth fighting for! And yet, it has it all – we see our heroine drawing on management experience as a mother, her sensitivity driving her commitment to her job, facing color-ism as well as sexism, and of course, getting a harder job than all the male bunnies!

I also appreciated The Berenstain Bears and Mama’s New Job (1984).

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