Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Paperback)

By Amy Chua

Penguin Books, 9780143120582, 244pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 2011

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Description

" E]ntertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking."-The New York Times Book Review

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother's journey in strict parenting. Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children's individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence prepares them best for the future. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way - and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspires. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked-about books of our times.

"Few have the guts to parent in public. Amy Chua]'s memoir is brutally honest, and her willingness to share her struggles is a gift. Whether or not you agree with her priorities and approach, she should be applauded for raising these issues with a thoughtful, humorous and authentic voice." -Time Magazine

" A] riveting read... Chua's story is far more complicated and interesting than what you've heard to date -- and well worth picking up... I guarantee that if you read the book, there'll undoubtedly be places where you'll cringe in recognition, and others where you'll tear up in empathy." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother hit the parenting hot button, but also a lot more, including people's complicated feelings about ambition, intellectualism, high culture, the Ivy League, strong women and America's standing in a world where China is ascendant. Chua's conviction that hard work leads to inner confidence is a resonant one." -Chicago Tribune

"Readers will alternately gasp at and empathize with Chua's struggles and aspirations, all the while enjoying her writing, which, like her kid-rearing philosophy, is brisk, lively and no-holds-barred. This memoir raises intriguing, sometimes uncomfortable questions about love, pride, ambition, achievement and self-worth that will resonate among success-obsessed parents... Readers of all stripes will respond to Battle Hymn of the] Tiger Mother." -The Washington Post


About the Author

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her most recent book (co-authored with Jed Rubenfeld) is The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, published in February 2014 by The Penguin Press. Chua's first book, World on Fire, was a New York Times bestseller and selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2003; while her second book, Day of Empire, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. Chua lives with her husband, two daughters, and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.


Praise For Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

“Few have the guts to parent in public. Amy [Chua]'s memoir is brutally honest, and her willingness to share her struggles is a gift. Whether or not you agree with her priorities and approach, she should be applauded for raising these issues with a thoughtful, humorous and authentic voice.”

-TIME Magazine

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is entertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking.”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“[A] riveting read… Far from being strident, the book's tone is slightly rueful, frequently self-deprecating and entirely aware of its author's enormities… Chua's story is far more complicated and interesting than what you've heard to date -- and well worth picking up… I guarantee that if you read the book, there'll undoubtedly be places where you'll cringe in recognition, and others where you'll tear up in empathy.”
-SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Courageous and thought-provoking.”
-David Brooks, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Breathtakingly personal…[Chua’s] tale is as compelling as a good thriller.”
-THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"[F]ascinating. . . . the most stimulating book on the subject of child rearing since Dr. Spock." 
-SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

“Chua’s memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is a quick, easy read. It’s smart, funny, honest and a little heartbreaking…”
-CHICAGO SUN-TIMES



Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. In the beginning of her book Chua describes her daughters Sophia and Lulu’s personalities from birth. In what ways are they inherently different from one another?
  2. Chua identifies herself with her Chinese zodiac sign, the tiger. How does she exemplify its characteristics? Are there any ways in which she might defy those characteristics? Can you relate to your own zodiac sign?
  3. What role does music play in Chua’s life as compared to her children’s lives? And does music play such an important role in your own life?
  4. How is Lulu and Sophia’s childhood different from their mother’s, as Chua describes them? Do you see similarities and differences in your own childhood?
  5. Never a pet lover, Chua reluctantly ends up raising two dogs, Coco and Pushkin. How do the dogs change her, and what does she learn from them?
  6. What do you think about Chua’s relationship with her younger daughter, Lulu? How do they push each other’s buttons?
  7. Chua only intermittently discusses her husband’s opinions, but mostly keeps him out of her memoir. What can you glean about him from these pages?
  8. If you could ask Chua one question, what would it be?
  9. At the end of the book Chua expresses some regrets about her choices. What does she regret and how do you imagine she might do things differently, given the chance?