The Audio Book Club on Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Our critics discuss Amy Chua's controversial memoir.
Posted Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at 6:50 AM
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In this week's audio book club, Slate editors Ann Hulbert, Hanna Rosin, and Nina Shen Rastogi discuss Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the parenting memoir about raising two prodigy daughters that has us part-horrified, part-jealous. Rastogi says that Chua's strict, overbearing style does not represent the average Chinese mother. Hulbert argues that Chua is having it all ways, raising children who are both Chinese perfect and Western rebellious. Rosin wonders whether Chua will have a permanent effect on American childrearing styles.
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Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon
Remainder, by Tom McCarthy
Super Sad Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart
The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
Imperial Bedrooms, byBret Easton Ellis
Reality Hunger, by David Shields
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
White Noise, by Don DeLillo
Lit, by Mary Karr
The Original of Laura, by Vladimir Nabokov
"A Small Good Thing" and "The Bath," by Raymond Carver
The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
A Vindication of Love, by Cristina Nehring
Thy Neighbor's Wife, by Gay Talese
"The Swimmer," by John Cheever, and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," by Flannery O'Connor
Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Night of the Gun,by David Carr
American Wife,by Curtis Sittenfeld
Brideshead Revisited,by Evelyn Waugh
Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill
Anna Karenina,by Leo Tolstoy
Beautiful Children,by Charles Bock
All the King's Men,by Robert Penn Warren
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tree of Smoke,by Denis Johnson
The Audacity of Hope,by Barack Obama
The Road,by Cormac McCarthy
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Independence Day,by Richard Ford
The Emperor's Children,by Claire Messud
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved,by Toni Morrison
Everyman,by Philip Roth
Saturday,by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking,by Joan Didion
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Hanna Rosin is the author of The End of Men, a co-founder of Slate's DoubleX and a senior editor at the Atlantic. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook or visit her website.
Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.