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Ginia BellafanteAs a culture, we flagellate ourselves for the performative demands we make of our children, and the poignancy of Klam's book—what elevates it from seeming too slight or just plain unnecessary—is its depiction of a parenting style that is radically opposite and just as perilous. There is a danger to abiding maternal devotion when it demands nothing but companionship in return. Klam graduated in the bottom 10 percent of her high school class, thanks in large part to a mother who above all sought a best friend, a woman who wore the costumes of women's liberation without ever slipping into any of its grounding ideologies…Though Klam has set out to do little more than tell the story of her journey toward responsibility—fiscal, marital, professional—she has written as effective a testament to the value of a working mother as any intended polemic.
—The New York Times