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Publishers Weekly, 2013-02-25 Preparental fantasies about the joys of having children often bear little resemblance to the reality of actually rearing them. Here Velenti addresses the problems facing new parents-many of whom might not be prepared for modern-day child rearing. Emily Beresford does a capable job of narrating this audio edition. She reads crisply, though with few variations in cadence and tone. The result is sometimes hypnotic-which, in this case, isn't a good thing. Valenti's book requires attention and consideration, and some listeners may find themselves tuning out Beresford's performance. A New Harvest hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-08-20 When her daughter was born at 28 weeks, leaving mother and child dangerously ill, Valenti felt enormous disappointment and a sense of failure. Not only had she missed a "good birth" resulting in a full-term healthy baby and happy family, her expectations surrounding the experience, the elation and bonding she had been societally conditioned to encounter, were unfulfilled. In this, her fourth book--a politicized, anti-What to Expect When You're Expecting--the high-profile, third-wave feminist takes an intense and scathing look at charged contemporary parenting issues, moving beyond "mommy wars" and breast-is-best militants to show just how much the current American ideal of parenting fails to match reality. With post-partum panic past, and her child thriving, Valenti probes accepted practices and questions the pervasive philosophy of modern mothering, with its many fallacies and assumptions including: alarming pre-conception and pregnancy advisories; whether women are naturally better parents; and if mothering is the hardest job in the world. Valenti pointedly reveals how trading a career for staying at home with the kids, the myth of the "perfect mother," and the death of the nuclear family damaged more women than society will acknowledge. Occasionally, a reader may be unsure whether Valenti is airing her own grievances or those of mommy-bloggers and the media; but that aside, this timely volume, which should generate much controversy, is a call for much-needed change and may unite a new generation of moms. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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