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Books about motherhood: an annotated reading list

Amy Chua has authored her third book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a parenting memoir about her self-described very harsh Chinese-American parenting style and how it plays out with her two daughters.

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Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood

By Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak

A girlfriend-to-girlfriend survival guide for working mothers who want answers, not mommy manifestos or sappy crap on finding "balance."

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The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation

By Sharon Lerner

Why life is harder on American families than it has been in decades - the book that takes the blame away from moms.

Bad Mother: A Chronicle Of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, And Occasional Moments Of Grace

By Ayelet Waldman

In our mothers' day, there were good mothers, indifferent mothers and, occasionally, great mothers. Today, we have only bad mothers: If you work, you're neglectful; if you stay home, you're smothering.

The 7 Stages Of Motherhood: Loving Your Life Without Losing Your Mind

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By Ann Pleshette Murphy

This candid parenting book puts mothers - not children - centre stage. Includes: Be a mother not Mother Teresa.

The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood

By Barbara Almond

Whether it is uncertainty over having a child, fears of pregnancy and childbirth, or negative thoughts about one's own children, mixed feelings about motherhood are not just hard to discuss, they are a powerful social taboo. In a society where perfection in parenting is the unattainable ideal, this book offers some prescriptions for relief by showing women how they can effect positive change in their lives.

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued (10th anniversary edition)

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By Ann Crittenden

This provocative book shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work.

Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother

By Amy Chua

A hilarious and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards - and the costs - of raising her children the Chinese way.

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

By Meg Meeker

A sane approach to reshaping the frustrating, exhausting lives of so many moms. Teach your children to be the very best they can be.

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think

By Bryan Caplan

We've needlessly turned parenting into an unpleasant chore. Upbringing is much less important than genetics in the long run. The big lesson: Mould your kids less and enjoy your life more. Your kids will still turn out fine.

Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood

By Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple

A growing wave of mothers are learning to let go of the little things and focus on what they really want out of their career, their family and their life.

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