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Surrendering to Motherhood by Iris Krasnow
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Dec 02, 2009

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In Surrendering to Motherhood, Iris Krasnow searched her work, travel, relationship and family history as a means of exploring her own mothering. Having decided that she wanted to have four kids by forty, she then found herself itching to get out of her house, back to the glamorous and fulfilling job as a professional writer interviewing celebrities and politicians and traveling the globe. After spending twenty years to establish a career most people only dream about, she can not get comfortable leaving her children, nor staying with them. Surrendering to Motherhood maps her quest to live in the present moment and define her identity outside of professional accomplishments.

I appreciated the book for Krasnow's willlingness to share her failures as well as her successes. What could read like name-dropping in the list of her famed interview subjects instead illustrates how she sought out figures to help her in her own philosophical search from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Queen Noor of Jordan, to her time as a Cosmo girl at fancy parties in little dresses. The substance and honesty in this book make it a compelling read even if one does not reach the same conclusions as Krasnow about parenting.

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