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The woman Mediaweek says "could very well be the next generation's Anna Quindlen" steps out from behind her celebrated New York Times column in a book about the intersection -- or more accurately collision -- of life and work. A few years ago, award-winning reporter Lisa Belkin left the office to work from home, amid the chaos of two young children, writing deadlines, andThe woman Mediaweek says "could very well be the next generation's Anna Quindlen" steps out from behind her celebrated New York Times column in a book about the intersection -- or more accurately collision -- of life and work. A few years ago, award-winning reporter Lisa Belkin left the office to work from home, amid the chaos of two young children, writing deadlines, and everyday domestic details. She began writing a very personal column for and about people trying to "balance" their lives, but hundreds of columns later, she noticed that she had not heard from a single person who had everything under control. Then she realized: Nobody can do it because it simply can't be done. Life's Work is the story of modern motherhood, where true happiness is often reached when you finally give up and give in. Belkin's is the funny, poignant, and always dead-on story of trying to do it all...and learning that doing just some of it is enough....

Title : Life's Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom
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ISBN : 9780743225434
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Life's Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom Reviews

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-15 11:05

    This book normalizes how divided women feel, trying to have a family, marriage, and career. It says outloud, "I feel like I'm not doing a great job at any of them!" It dispels the myth of super-wife, super-mom, and super-employee. It made me laugh and feel hopeful.

  • Barb
    2018-12-20 05:16

    We are told, “You can have it all!” Then when we have difficulties trying to have it all, we are then told, “yes, but you must have balance”. Ms. Belkin tells us that you really can’t have it all – at least not all at the same time. Life is made up of choices. If you choose one thing, you generally must give up or postpone another. Also, we definitely CAN’T be perfect, so let’s stop trying to be and ease up on ourselves a bit. Maybe, just maybe, it is better to enjoy life, our children and our mates rather than having everything in our lives at least appear to be perfect.I am on the older end of the age spectrum and I had already figured out what Ms. Belkin so wonderfully describes in her book. I have already lived most of what she discusses. But this book would be a fantastic enlightenment to those women who still believe the myth and are still trying to live it. But worse, they continue to beat themselves up because it doesn’t work all of the time. Ms. Belkin uses humor and she uses her own life situation, as well as that of many of her readers in providing examples of how we expect too much and get ourselves into trouble. This book is a joy to read. Even though she is transferring some very important wisdom, she does it in such a way that you laugh and cry as the “light goes on” in your understanding.So many of us have been enamored with the “work ethic”. I know I have always prided myself on giving much more than the job requires. Before we have families, intense commitment and devotion to work fit well with our lives and schedules. However, after marriage and children we no longer have the same amount of time to devote to work. Although we still have a passion for our work and love what we do, we also have a passion for and love our families. So what is the answer? The author shows us that there is not one single answer to the question, but many.This book is well written and the presentation is delightful. How often are we fortunate enough to have a really good time while learning some extremely important lessons? I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is enjoyable to read and I know you will find yourself and your situation somewhere in the pages. More important, you may learn to enjoy the life you have been given.

  • Catherine Gillespie
    2019-01-14 05:15

    Belkin examines the idea of “doing it all” in perfect balance, and concludes that you simply can’t do everything so you should focus on being mindful of the great moments and blessings within your own particular brand of (un)balance. If, like me, you tend toward the frantic overachiever end of the spectrum, you may find her take enlightening and freeing.Belkin writes in a few places about her mother and grandmother’s generations. She observes that women in her mother’s generation were OK with doing things serially, whereas women in her generation want to do things simultaneously. Her grandmother, she writes, knew how to sit and watch, but she thinks her generation has overimproved tasks so much that they don’t remember how to sit and watch. This rings true for me and for my mom's experience, and may be true of my grandmothers' generation, although neither of my grandmothers was much given to sitting around quietly!{Read the rest of my review on A Spirited Mind}

  • Eileen
    2018-12-22 13:27

    I have been looking for a book to help me adjust to being a working mother. I haven't gone back to work yet, but likely will soon and I want to be reassured that I am doing the right thing (even though there probably is no right/wrong answer to this). This book is not that book. The author works from home, which is not an option for me. That's not to say she didn't have some good things to say about work/life balance. It's always important to maintain perspective and not get too swept away in work--remember it's just a part of who you are. Here is a quote I will take away from it:"Working is part of the game. We must work to live. Work gives structure, it gives routines, and even though we may complain about them ,it's OK to have them"I agree w/ that.

  • Rachel McCready-Flora
    2018-12-20 09:07

    I picked this up in the feminist-mothering section of the library at Columbia. I gave it a good shot of about fifty pages, but there just isn't anything great here. I feel like maybe I should read more, but I'm bored and I don't feel like I'm going to read anything that will speak to me or enhance my understanding of the challenges and moments of grace in mothering.I'm annoyed that there doesn't seem to be any depth here. It's like I'm reading small blog posts, and the themes are loose at best. Yes, the writing is clear, but it just isn't interesting. I probably would keep reading if I didn't have all of these other amazing books on mothering at home right now (go thesis project!).

  • Olivia
    2019-01-20 09:24

    I picked this book up because I recognized the author's name from an article in the NY Times Magazine about women in high-powered professional positions who had left their jobs to stay at home with their children. Lisa Belkin is a journalist and columnist for the NY Times. This book is a collection of her columns from the NY Times. This book was certainly more aimed at working mothers. I thought that there might me more in the book about mothering or her children and how she balances that with also working. Actually, a majority of the book was related to work issues so there wasn't a lot that I identified with in the book.

  • Kit
    2019-01-13 12:05

    Cute book. Really just a collection of her columns, I believe, with some commentary on what was going on in her life at the time. I'd never read her column so it was all fresh and new.I've started to groan out loud with how many books are written about being a working mom, by working writers. I know it is a challenging and engrossing career. However, it is one of the most flexible careers in that you can remain relevant while making more time for family. Engineering is rarely like that.

  • Clare
    2019-01-03 05:04

    Disappointing. This was a few old columns and a few e-mails rehashed into a book. I expect a book by a columnist to be better written and it wasn't. I expected a book by an author to be interesting, and it wasn't. I expected a book about balancing work and kids to be funny, and it wasn't. It's okay if you have a different life than me, but does yours have to be so boring?

  • Lisa
    2019-01-05 11:20

    (Non-Fiction Parenting) I skimmed the first half of this book back in March. At that point, I had read a whole slew of mommy memoirs, parenting books, and baby care books. In this book, Belkin captures her working-mom life in small snippets of anecdotes and wisdom. This book didn't offer anything special, but those interested in working mom memoirs may find this book valuable.

  • Mum
    2019-01-09 13:25

    Another of the "journalist" books I selected this library trip. Pretty good actually. More like a blog than a novel though. Some VERY good sentences. I especially like "Over time, doors close and options dwindle. One day you realize that you are whatever it is you were going to be." And I am happy with that. :) Are you???Worth the reading time, I think.

  • Kelly Coyle DiNorcia
    2018-12-25 09:30

    I found this book very readable and enjoyable. It was split up into short essays, easily read by busy moms, but there was still some forward thrust of the story. As a huge fan of Belkin's NYT column/blog, I was excited to read this book and was not disappointed.

  • Imene
    2019-01-02 08:16

    Nice book. I am always attracted to women writing about their mothering experience and I liked that she thinks finding balance is impossible.The writing was a bit disappointing for a NY times columnist but she states it's because moms can't readfor long stretches of time...duh!!

  • Juli Simon Thomas
    2018-12-20 12:01

    Easy read, relatively interesting. I could relate more to the beginning than the end. At a certain point I got tired of her excusing her foibles, and thinking, gosh I hope I don't become that way. Which wasn't really the point of me reading it in the first place.

  • Literary Mama
    2018-12-31 13:09

    Part of Literary Mama's Essential Reading on Beginnings:

  • Lisa
    2019-01-17 12:26

    Very finny short episodic chapters that allow you to grab a chapter and get back to your unbalanced life.

  • Anita Smith
    2019-01-11 08:11

    A cute quirky book and a very fast read... I read it in just a few days!

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-24 08:25

    The collection of short essays was entertaining, but in the end the book left me quite unsatisfied.