Inspired by the daily conversation taking place on Salon.com's cutting-edge, wildly popular website Mothers Who Think, this first collection by coeditors Camille Peri and Kate Moses takes an unflinching look at the gritty truths and unreserved pleasures of contemporary motherhood. Elevating the discussion of motherhood above the level of tantrum control and potty training, Mothers Who Think covers an unparalleled range of topics, from the impossibility of loving your children equally to raising a son without a father, from worrying that your privileged black child is becoming too "white" to the free-floating anger most mothers feel but wouldn't dare to admit -- except to other mothers. The intelligent, candid essays in Mothers Who Think are a testament to the notion that motherhood gives women more to think about, not less. Moses and Peri have assembled the best writing from the website's first two years, including works by MWT regulars Anne Lamott, Chitra Divakaruni, Susie Bright, and Stephanie Coontz; eloquent new essays by Jayne Anne Phillips, Sallie Tisdale, Susan Straight, Nora Okja Keller, Beth Kephart, Ariel Gore and Alex Witchel; and more than a dozen unforgettable new voices. Irreverent, wistful, hilarious, fierce, tender, these essays offer an unsparing look at the myths and realities, serious and silly sides, and thankless and supremely satisfying aspects of being a mother. ---from the Villard hardcover edition
Kate gives an overview of the book:
Even as it was happening, as I gravitated helplessly toward my newborn and felt a gap widening between me and my eager, confused little boy, I knew we were part of an organic transformation not controllable by emotion or intellect. It was the will of the body -- my body -- that I focus my attention on the survival of my baby. And yet, sitting across the dinner table from my son, listening to his chatter while I nursed his infant sister, I often felt the urge to gather him up and beg, "Don't go!" though I knew that I was the one who was going. ---from "I Love You Both Unequally" by Kate Moses, Mothers Who Think
Kate Moses is the author of the internationally acclaimed Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath (St. Martin’s Press 2003, Anchor Books 2003). Published in thirteen languages, Wintering received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for best novel by an American woman in 2003, and the...