Growing Seasons: Half-baked Garden Tips, Cheap Advice on Marriage and Questionable Theories on Motherhood

Growing Seasons: Half-baked Garden Tips, Cheap Advice on Marriage and Questionable Theories on Motherhood

by Annie Spiegelman
     
 

For Annie Spiegelman, motherhood is a full-time job. The hours are long, the pay is lousy, and the recognition is almost nil. Then, during her son’s second year, her mother, with whom she has always had a tempestuous relationship, becomes ill. In this wonderfully wry and touching collection of journal entries written to her son, Spiegelman chronicles her

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For Annie Spiegelman, motherhood is a full-time job. The hours are long, the pay is lousy, and the recognition is almost nil. Then, during her son’s second year, her mother, with whom she has always had a tempestuous relationship, becomes ill. In this wonderfully wry and touching collection of journal entries written to her son, Spiegelman chronicles her insights, insecurities, joy, and confusion about family and parenthood. While her son is going on his second, hell-raising year and her mother’s illness is making her increasingly dependent, Annie also deals with the surprising difficulty of becoming a Master Gardener and her changing relationship with her husband. Finally, Growing Seasons is a celebration of family in all its comfort and complexity.

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Library Journal
Spiegelman, a first assistant director of the Directors Guild of America, follows up Annie's Garden Journal with a book about juggling motherhood, gardening, and marriage. Chronicling one year of the mishaps and mayhem that can come from trying to "have it all," she offers thoughts that while somewhat entertaining are highly specific to her son, reflected by her choice of format-diary entries addressed to two-year-old Jack. As a result, it's hard for the reader to feel any connection with the text. Gardening tips break up the entries, but these only further distract. Spiegelman shares some poignant moments (her mother was ill during the book's writing), and anyone with a feminist bent would benefit (Spiegelman was raised with sisters by a single mother), but ultimately not much here is new. Similar and better treatments abound; try Ayun Halliday's The Big Rumpus.-Rachel Collins Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580050791
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.69(d)

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