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With motherhood comes one of the toughest decisions of a woman’s life: Stay at home or pursue a career. The dilemma not only divides mothers into hostile, defensive camps but pits individual mothers against themselves. As an executive at THE WASHINGTON POST, a writer, and mother of three, author Leslie Morgan Steiner has lived and breathed every side of the “mommy wars.” Rather than just watch the battles rage, Steiner decided to do something about it. She commissioned twenty-six outspoken mothers to write about their lives, their families, and the choices that have worked for them. The result is a frank, surprising, and utterly refreshing look at American motherhood.
Ranging in age from twenty-five to seventy-two and scattered across the country from New Hampshire to California, these mothers reflect the full spectrum of lifestyle choices. Women who have been home with the kids from day one, moms who shuttle from full-time office jobs to part-time at-home work, hard-driving executives who put in seventy-hour-plus weeks: they all get a turn.
Candid, engaging, by turns unflinchingly honest and painfully funny, the essays collected here offer an astonishingly intimate portrait of the state of motherhood today. MOMMY WARS is a book by the real experts on motherhood and hard work: the women at home, in the office, on the job every day of their lives.