Accidentally on Purpose: The True Tale of a Happy Single Mother

Accidentally on Purpose: The True Tale of a Happy Single Mother

by Mary F. Pols
     
 

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At thirty-nine, movie critic Mary Pols knew she wanted to have a baby. But never—not in a million years—on her own. When she finds herself unexpec­tedly expecting, she plunges into the greatest adventure of her life. With humor, insight, and compelling honesty, Pols reveals what it means to compromise in the name of love and to find joy in an

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At thirty-nine, movie critic Mary Pols knew she wanted to have a baby. But never—not in a million years—on her own. When she finds herself unexpec­tedly expecting, she plunges into the greatest adventure of her life. With humor, insight, and compelling honesty, Pols reveals what it means to compromise in the name of love and to find joy in an accidental life, suddenly brimming with purpose.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
“[Pols writes] with humor and grace. . . . It’s rare to find such honesty, even in an account so personal. Grade: A-”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Sharp, witty and slightly self-deprecating, she alternates clever, camera-ready one-liners with intense self-revelations about parents, children, love and family….”
New York Observer
“Ms. Pols is a charming and insightful storyteller, and her memoir is both engrossing and endearing ...”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Her writing is mesmerizing and lyrical. I laughed and cried and shook my head at some of her choices, but I rooted for her and her son the whole way.”
Cookie Magazine
“Much as Pols’s story resembles the Judd Apatow movie, it is distinct in its heartfelt description of a woman who has come up against the edge of youth and expectation.”
Elle
“It’s funny, intimate, wise, and real, and we get to root for forty­something Mary, her twentysomething coparent, Matt, and their little son, Dolan, now four.”
Diablo Magazine
“Amid joy and heartbreak, Pols grows from a self-absorbed and judgmental whiner into a self-aware adult and loving mother. It’s her transformation that makes this memoir an unforgettable read.”
BookPage
“… a well-written, emotionally honest memoir of Pols’ journey to motherhood and increased maturity…. She details with wit and humor her efforts to juggle her many challenges…”
Peggy Orenstein
“...far transcends its particulars...thoughtful, funny and sexy...a delightful meditation on partnership, desire, fulfillment...”
Heidi Julavits
“Astutely witty...will grip you to the very last page. This is a feminist tale for our age.”
Kate Moses
“... [A] touching, funny, and brutally honest story...[Pols] is opinionated, vulnerable, droll, tenacious, acerbic, loyal...real.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061256943
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
P.S. Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
933,366
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

What People are saying about this

Kate Moses
“... [A] touching, funny, and brutally honest story...[Pols] is opinionated, vulnerable, droll, tenacious, acerbic, loyal...real.”
Heidi Julavits
“Astutely witty...will grip you to the very last page. This is a feminist tale for our age.”
Peggy Orenstein
“...far transcends its particulars...thoughtful, funny and sexy...a delightful meditation on partnership, desire, fulfillment...”

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