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What Happy Working Mothers Know: 12/31/09
When I agreed to read and review What Happing Working Mothers Know by Cathy L. Greenberg and Barrett S. Avigdor I was a happily employed mother. By the time I was reading the book I had lost my job of 5 1/2 years due to the contracting economy. Although I'm still unemployed and I'm frustrated by the added stress of making ends meet I'm still happy.
Except for the cheerfully colored circles on the cover, I didn't see much happiness from mothers profiled in the book. I think the authors were trying to show the transformation from stressed out super-mother drone to happy, well adjusted less than perfect mother but none of the lengthy excerpts I read struck me as very happy.
As it's a self help book, the assumption made throughout that the reader is an unhappy, overworked woman who is suffering from low self esteem. The title though implies that the book is full of uplifting insights from happy working mothers. Instead, the book was a downer to read. After a while the book just got boring. In other words, it was like reading Erma Bombeck with all the jokes removed.