Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: The Audio Book Club discusses.
Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: The Audio Book Club discusses.
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Jan. 27 2011 6:50 AM

The Audio Book Club on Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Our critics discuss Amy Chua's controversial memoir.

Book cover of Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother."

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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.


Articles we discuss:

The Wall Street Journal excerpt, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior."
Ann Hulbert's review in Slate, "Hear the Tiger Mother Roar."

The February book club selection, as chosen by our listeners, is Room by Emma Donoghue. So get reading and listen for that podcast on Monday, Feb. 28.

And if you'd like to suggest a title for the March book club, send it to by Feb. 4. The vote will take place Feb. 7-11.

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Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX . She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.

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