I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

by Allison Pearson
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I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother by Allison Pearson

For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century.

Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime.

In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099428381
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Allison Pearson, an award-winning journalist and author, is a staff writer for the London Daily Telegraph. Her first novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, became an international bestseller and was translated into thirty-two languages. It was a major motion picture, adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna and starred Sarah Jessica Parker. Her most recent novel, I Think I Love You, is set to become a stage musical. She is a patron of Camfed, a charity that supports the education of more than a million African girls (www.camfed.org). She lives in London with her husband, the New Yorker writer Anthony Lane, and their two children.

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I don't Know How She Does it (Movie Tie-in Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book- it was well written. I identified with Kate, so I am familiar with situation she went through. Worth the read
Jenifer40 More than 1 year ago
This is magnificent! How many women today live like this? When does it stop? How can it stop? Kate is everything and wants everything. She's ambitious and talented, she needs her career. She's loving and caring and needs her kids and husband. There just isn't enough time!. Sound familiar? This is magnificent! You will not regret your purchase!
Momof8Fay More than 1 year ago
My sister sent me this book years ago and I finally read it because they are turning it into a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker. I figured it had to be OK. AND I wondered what message my sister was trying to send me. Well, the first half of the book was extremely boring; any mom knows what it's like to juggle. And THIS mom (Kate) had an in-home babysitter and husband who HELPED !! And she was complaining ?!!? Anyway, the author tries to wrap the book - and Kate's life -up in a nice little bow at the end. How quaint. And unrealistic.
Didi Meredith More than 1 year ago
tried to get into it but never could. being a woking mom i was excited to read this book, but it was a snoozer.
Teaandbooks More than 1 year ago
this book was not very exciting. i found it borring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny book, but it's enough to make you cry if you are indeed a busy working mother. I was not entertained by the endless 'to do' lists and unending guilt. This book might be more entertaining to those who have already survived raised their children, but for those of us who are still in the thick of it...?
Brodk 6 months ago
Well-written and fun Fun to read, with interesting characters and situations. I give it four stars because of its wit and charm, but the main character is unappealing and unsympathetic. I just cannot bleed for someone who has a full-time nanny, regardless of how incompetent she is, a husband who both helps and loves her, and a high-paying job that she loves. At some point a person has to take responsibility for his own life, meaning that you come to terms with it (i.e., stop griping) or change your life circumstances. 3.5 stars. Fun, but unsympathetic heroine
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BuddhaMom81 More than 1 year ago
I would give a negative star if I could. I was so looking forward to getting into this, being a mom trying to juggle work and family. But the book never goes past skimming the surface. The main character spends a lot of time admiring how cute she thinks she is. No. Literally. Admiring herself when she passes a mirror. Remarking on how all the guys in the office hit on her. Every single character is nothing but a sketch. Not one is fleshed out in the least. Making the narrative extremely one-sided. Or the characters are cartoony. Like the American who speaks in the stilted parody. The problem is I don't think this is a parody! I think this is the author's best effort! There is just a lack of any self reflection or insight. You want to be able to read a fun book like this and say "Yeah! I go through that too!" But every paragraph just sets apart the classes. Very unrelatable. Even the tense is all wrong. The book is written in the present tense through out. It really is just a series of jaunty magazine articles strung together. Honestly. Would it kill an writer to dig deep? Or learn to construct a scene? Anyway. Don't be fooled by the fact that the author is English. Apparently even THEY have people who can't put a descent story together. Not just us Ah-Mer-I-Cans. Another issue I had with this book is this woman faces absolutely no conflicts or dilemas. Either inner or otherwise. Everything goes her way. For instance: She's away from her kids all day. Sometimes overseas. And there's not emotional pull from that?! Just braggadocio. She makes all this money and Blah Blah Blah. Pages of it. I got through Part 1, and looked ahead to see how much more and I couldn't believe there was enough plot there to keep this story going. And I was right. Basic rule of story writing. Don't Tell, Show! Just underdeveloped plot. Save your money.
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HawkHK More than 1 year ago
This is a book that both working and SAHMs will relate too. I loved it and couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. Entertaining. The reader can identify with the hectic, never-ending fast-pace of Kate's life. The book is written in a way that you understand why Kate tries to maintain her career, her children, her husband, and her home in the way that she does. The wording is whitty and funny as the book highlights the continued disparities between parents who work and are female versus male.
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bookaddictmomof2 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I think a lot of moms working or non-working can relate to it and the balancing act that is motherhood. Allison Pearson writes well and you can read through this book quickly. I liked the characters. I know some of the previous reviewers did not. They are portrayed with realistic human flaws. A good beach read or a nice book to snuggle up with at night!