Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

by Kim Brooks
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

by Kim Brooks

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Overview

"It might be the most important book about being a parent that you will ever read." —Emily Rapp Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World

"Brooks's own personal experience provides the narrative thrust for the book — she writes unflinchingly about her own experience.... Readers who want to know what happened to Brooks will keep reading to learn how the case against her proceeds, but it's Brooks's questions about why mothers are so judgmental and competitive that give the book its heft." —NPR

One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves?

Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks’s own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In her signature style—by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating—which has dazzled millions of fans and been called "striking" by New York Times Book Review and "beautiful" by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250089571
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 694,402
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

KIM BROOKS is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, The Missouri Review, and other journals, and her essays have appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, New York magazine, LennyLetter, and on WNYC’s Note to Self. Her novel The Houseguest was published in 2016. Kim Brooks lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Part I Fear Itself

1 The Day I Left My Son in the Car 3

2 Parenthood as a Competitive Sport 35

3 The Fabrication of Fear 67

4 Negative Feedback 104

5 Self-Report 116

Part II The Cost of Fear

6 What a Horrible Mother 139

7 Quality of Life 168

8 Guinea Pigs 189

9 Small Animals 218

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

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