Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood

Wistful, tender, hilarious...will move you the way only good writing can. -Chicago Tribune


Mothers Who Think is a national bestseller and winner of the American Book Award. It is comprised of nearly forty essays by writers grappling with the new and compelling ideas that motherhood has dangled before them. Elevating the discussion of motherhood above the level of tantrum control and potty training, this collection covers an unparalleled range of topics, from the impossibility of loving your children equally to raising a son without a father, from worrying that your priviledged black child is become too 'white' to the free-floating anger most mothers feel but wouldn't dare admit - except to other mothers. These essays are a testament to the notion that motherhood gives women more to think about, not less. With a forward by Anne Lamott.




"[These] essays...are not so much issues as personal truths, spun out with equal parts observation, honesty, and good humor. They are sad, and funny, and poignant, and real." - The Los Angeles Times


"Finally, we who share the joy and the fury can share a book that embraces both and, unlike any other book on the subject, invites us to honor ourselves for simply doing the best we can." Ms. Magazine


"This book is a lot like motherhood itself full of joy, trauma, insanity, hard work, exhaustion, and more than a few good laughs." - Miami Herald


"A must-read for anyone contemplating motherhood and a bible for all of us whose lives have been warped, splendored, and expanded by our dear little ones." - Austin Chronicle


"Most popular press articles on the joys and tribulations of mothering are mildly insulting. Good friends may share true feelings with you, but not the press. [The web site] "Mothers Who Think" is where you go when you realize you've been duped...Heartfelt, exuberant essays...Funny, straight-talking..." The Bellingham Herald


"Full of dames both besotted and fed up...Essays by these mothers who think deal with the sweet, the sour, and the unthinkable." - Mirabella


"Here, at last, is a parenting book for those of us who have made the desperate search for some literature (any literature!) that reflects our own intense, horrific, hilarious, joyful, maddening, bewildering, sublime experiences as mothers." - Minnesota Parent


"Motherhood, apple pie, angst. This book offers proof that good parenting exists on many levels...Reflective and crisply written." - New York Newsday


National Bestseller