Bad Mother

A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

By Ayelet Waldman
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780767930697, 213pp.)

Publication Date: May 4, 2010

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“In her funny, brutally honest, and brave prose, Waldman tackles the many challenges of motherhood in the modern era, offering encouragement to all bad mommies out there who recognize the impossibility of having and doing it all gracefully and without error. How is a self-aware, thoughtful, intelligent feminist to raise children well in a culture that villifies nearly every choice available (or unavailable) to her? A provocative, entertaining read for moms with moxie.”
-- Libby Cowles, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


In our mothers’ day there were good mothers, indifferent mothers, and occasionally, great mothers. Today we have only Bad Mothers: If you work, you’re neglectful; if you stay home, you’re smothering. If you discipline, you’re buying them a spot on the shrink’s couch; if you let them run wild, they will be into drugs by seventh grade. Is it any wonder so many women refer to themselves at one time or another as a “bad mother”?
Writing with remarkable candor, and dispensing much hilarious and helpful advice along the way—Is breast best? What should you do when your daughter dresses up as a “ho” for Halloween?—Ayelet Waldman says it's time for women to get over it and get on with it in this wry, unflinchingly honest, and always insightful memoir on modern motherhood.

About the Author
Tom Little served as head of Oakland, California's Park Day School for twenty-seven years. A national leader in Progressive Education, he cofounded the Progressive Education Network. He died in 2013 from cancer shortly after writing this book.

Friday, Jun 4, 2010

Five years ago, novelist Ayelet Waldman sparked a controversy -- and wound up on Oprah to defend herself -- when she wrote in an essay that she loved her husband more than her children. Her memoir about that experience, Bad Mother has just been released in paperback. More at

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