Wonderful time last night at Bluestockings reading with fellow Good Mother Myth contributors Soraya Chemaly, Joy Ladin, Elizabeth Crossen, Avital Norman Nathman, and Christy Turlington Burns.
I’m so honored to be quoted in this thoughtful review of The Good Mother Myth over at Brain, Child magazine. Writer Lori Rotskoff includes several excerpts from a number of essays in the anthology and explains the book’s goal quite nicely:
“…this provocative book is valuable simply because it asks us to suspend preconceived judgments and absorb the stories of women whose experiences differ profoundly from one another, and from our own. It shows us that the best way to battle the barrage of saccharine sound-bites is to arm ourselves with alternative, candid ‘tales from the trenches’ depicting the messy, real dilemmas of real mothers in an imperfect world.”
My essay in the book explores the fear and anxiety I’ve had to face as a parent of a child with life-threatening food allergies, something that I continue to grapple with. Other essays examine a range of experiences, often “illuminating the extent to which mothers’ choices and lifestyles are enmeshed in a broader context.”
I’ll be reading along with other Good Mother Myth contributors at PowderKeg in Brooklyn. Join us! Details are as follows:
January 25 from 6-8pm
33 Flatbush Ave., 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Check out PowderKeg’s Facebook page. It looks like an amazing space!
The Good Mother Myth (in which I have an essay about mothering and food allergies) is reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly! Read the review.
Writer/editor Avital Norman Nathman has put out a call asking for answers to this question. Read more about what she’s looking for at Girl w/ Pen.