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Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
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Nov 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, non-fiction
Read in November, 2009

I read this because I read all Michael Chabon's books and he wrote Manhood for Amateurs, which I read earlier this month, at least in part, as a response to this book. This is my first book by Waldman. I intend to check out her fiction, now. Manhood for Amateurs The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon

Eighteen essays on parenting in Berkeley, on being Michael Chabon’s wife, on being the fallible mom (and daughter and daughter-in-law) to four kids and one heartbreaking one she knew she couldn’t keep and had terminated.

About her sexual history and her mother’s in the second footnote on a page she writes: “What a whiner. Really. Shouldn’t there be a moratorium on blaming your mother for your faults after your thirtieth birthday? I’m going to declare one. As soon as I’m done writing this chapter.”
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Eileen Reeger I like your comments on this book and also the Obama sign you seem to be holding in your profile pic:)
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Julia Not only am I holding an Obama sign, I'm wearing a "Change we need" t-shirt with coins hot-glued to it...

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