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Domestic Affairs: Enduring the Pleasures of Motherhood and Family Life

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An unforgettable collection of essays on the everyday thrills and challenges of marriage and motherhood, from one of America’s best-loved memoirists

Witty and insightful, Domestic Affairs is an extension of Joyce Maynard’s celebrated, widely syndicated newspaper column of the same name that ran from 1984 to 1990. Each essay gives an unfiltered look at the ups and downs of f
ebook, 312 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1987)
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Ann Herrick
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read some of the stories as part of Joyce's column, Domestic Scene, that had appeared in the newspaper, but many were new to me.

I'm always amazed by people who can write so thoroughly and openly about their lives. I don't think I could ever do it.

Joyce writes about the joys and agonies of parenting and marriage. There were a lot of laughs, tears, and fights along the way, and I always wondered if Joyce and Steve might have made a better go of it if they had been able to communicate
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joyce Maynard writes newspaper and magazine columns on home and family – this book compiles her work, giving glimpses of the day-to-day life of her family (husband Steve and three children), as well as her own thoughts, hopes, and dreams. From “The Dollhouse”: “If I were talking to a therapist about my daughter’s dollhouse (and it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea) the first thing I’d say is that I never had a dollhouse of my own. Variation on a theme of parents everywhere – who move through their ...more
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this just after Spencer was born and enjoyed it very much. For some reason during his infancy, I had trouble finding anything that appealed to me. Part of it made me laugh out loud and other parts made me cry. She's a little out there with her thoughts on menstruation, but she speaks from her heart and that's always good.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked these essays. Having been a child in the 80s, I enjoyed reading about a mom in the 80s.
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Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in more than fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR ...more
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