The boom in motherhood memoirs.

Keeping an eye on kids and parents.
March 8 2005 1:55 PM

The Real Myth of Motherhood

Reconsidering the maternal memoir-cum-manifesto.

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Close these books, and you can't help wondering. And I can't help wanting a more accurate picture of how mothers whose middle- (and working-) class lives I don't know about, much less identify with, are coping. Before we get swept up in another round of what Warner calls "catastrophizing"—this time about child-fixated supermothers—it's worth finding out whether addled overparenting is in fact the core problem facing most American families. Warner is right, it is time to "take to the streets," to get a wider view of what mothers really want and need and are ready to demand.