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Published on Apr 24, 2011
TORN: True Stories of Modern Motherhood (Book Trailer) Edited by Samantha Parent Walravens (buy on amazon) www.samanthawalravens.com
Striking the right balance between career and motherhood is one of the most stressful, heart-wrenching tasks facing women today. In TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, 47 women examine the conflict between the need to nurture and the need to work, and reveal creative solutions for having the best of both worlds.
Their stories are remarkably honest, poignant and often hilarious vignettes about about the highs and lows of contemporary motherhood, written from the different perspectives of both working and stay-at-home moms. Some of the working moms do so because their finances require it, and some work to preserve their sanity. Among those who stay at home, some are fulfilled by motherhood and others long for the structure and tangible rewards of the working life. Along with these tales from the inner sanctum of motherhood, TORN also includes contributions from those on the outside: women whose personal and professional lives took precedence until the motherhood option was no longer open to them.
While offering hope and inspiration, TORN's contributors do not shy away from the messy realities of modern motherhood and life's inevitable crises, both small and large: from breast pump mishaps to battles with cancer; diaper blowouts to debilitating depression; competitive cupcake baking to coming home from war. In the end, the reader can take comfort in the knowledge that there is no perfect mother; nor is there a perfect balance when it comes to kids and career.
TORN is a treat for any working or stay-at-home mom who needs reassurance that her frustrations-- as well as her joys-- are universally shared. TORN is a must-read for young professionals contemplating motherhood, parents overwhelmed with the competing demands of work and family life, stay-at-home moms trying to "on ramp" back into a career, men trying to understand the plight of the women in their lives, and anyone wondering how women are faring in the professional world today. The perfect Mothers' Day or baby shower gift, TORN should also be at the top of the reading list for book groups today.
As Catherine Clifford, Founder of www.youronramp.com, puts it, "If you have a mother, are a mother or know a mother, read this book!"
TORN is available for purchase on amazon.com and in select bookstores across the nation on May 1, 2011. Books may be ordered wholesale through Ingram.