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Posted May 21, 2000
Smart, witty, clever, and touching.
Ariel Gore's new collection of essays is an entertaining and intelligent follow-up to The Hip Mama Survival Guide. Although the temptation here must have been to follow the sucess of Survival with The Hip Mama Mamas a Toddler, or god forbid, The Mama's Guide to Hip Foods for the Undeniably Pregnant -- Gore takes The Mother Trip in a different direction, exploring motherhood in a series of thoughtful and provocative essays that go deeper into some of the political and personal issues hinted at in the first book. (Some sample chapter headings: You can have it all, but do you want it?; Notes from the couch; It takes a heap of loafing to raise a kid; Don't adjust; A return to rage; The maternal feminist agenda) Make no mistake, you will race through this book driving your lover crazy with delectable quotes, but you will not come away with any expert's idea how to do motherhood right. Instead, you will close the book satisfied that no one else in the world is going to be able to give you that information. And that you're a smart enough, confident enough, and creative enough person to think your way through the joyful and chaotic trip that motherhood is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2000
Mothering, Personhood, and the Whole Mom
Ariel Gore's collection of essays moves beyond ordinary parenting guides and goes straight to the heart of what being a mom is all about: the chaos, anguish, and utter joy of being a mother. Gore isn't afraid to speak of that ultimate taboo knowledge that lurks in the heart of every mom: that sometimes, the responsibility and day-to-day difficulties of motherhood are almost too much to bear. But she reminds us that the rewards are infinite. Gore relays her experiences as a parent with a personal, warm, and sensitive style, so that even if readers haven't followed quite as unconventional a path through motherhood as the author, they are still able to relate to what she is saying. She speaks to the core of what parenting is really all about¿ beyond schedules, beyond feeding plans, and way beyond any stereotype of what constitutes a good mommy. Gore has not forgotten that she is her own person, and she reminds her readers that it is ok to still be themselves and be a mother too. When you are tired of the glib, smug and all-knowing tomes on how to be the perfect parent, Gore's book will offer insight and relief, and the understanding that while we may each be on our own individual mother trip, we are far from being alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2000
The guide for 'every mother'
This is the one true guide for mamas in all walks of life. Don't let the 'cult classic' designation of her first book fool you, Ariel may be writing from the pov of a young, poor mama but her deep down sensual style and refreshingly honest look at the mothering trip we all take, makes this a book that speaks to every mother. Whether you are a young and/or poor mama, or an established, comfortable mature mama this book will speak to your heart and also remind you that you are not alone. This is so far beyond the blah tomes on 'the perfect diet!' or 'how to get your baby to sleep in 3 days!' or how to satisfy your man and get your figure hunky dory by baby's fourth month. This is the real thing for the real heart and soul that beats in every mother. It is written in a rich sensory, descriptive, captivating, and sometimes humorous style that it proves an easy read. I read it in one sitting but for mamas with less time it can easily be enjoyed in snippets with no loss of continuity. I not only give it 5 stars, I say wholeheartedly it is one of the few things worth giving up precious sleep for! Please read it, you won't be sorry!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2000
Ariel Gore's latest book, The Mother Trip, is a welcome calm in the otherwise hectic world of mothering. Wonderfully thought out essays convey the love, wonder, joy, and sheer pleasure of being a mother, but also some of the truths: this is the most frustrating, difficult, political thing a parent will ever do. About how to nurture yourself and survive this crazy ride, The Mother Trip offered shared experiences and companionship to let all parents know that we are not alone, whether being the perfect parent, or just a good enough one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.