Monday, January 9, 2012
Between Interruptions - TLC Book Tours
Rating: Good to read! (3 out 5)
Synopsis: Between Interruptions is a remarkable collection of original and heartfelt essays about the process of becoming a mother. Written by a wide range of mothers – from a Hollywood celebrity to an immigrant domestic worker, the book explores the transformative experiences in our journey as mothers. Provocative, honest and emotional, the stories focus on the impact motherhood has on our identity, sexuality, ambition and relationships. Laid bare in this collection are the vivd, gut-wrenching and exhilarating true confessions and secret longings of mothers across all ages, cultures and classes. Whether it’s a story about a journalist going to war and missing her baby, or a mother finding perfection in autism, or a mother struggling to breastfeed through post-partum depression, or a mother learning to let go of her dream to stay home with her children because she has to work, there’s a story in this collection for every mother. (Paperback - 328 pages)
My Review: I love short story books (they are quick and easy for me to read). Between Interruptions is just that...a book filled with short stories. I really enjoy reading about how as women we all struggle with something, but how strong we truly are. Between Interruptions is broken down into five different categories: Ambition, Anxiety, Guilt, Devotion, and Redemption. While all the stories have stuck with me, there is one that has really stuck with me. Oddly enough, it is the first story in the Ambition section. I can't tell you about the story (you will have to to buy the book), but it is written by Marina Jamenez, Journalist, that covered war-zone stories. I just can't imagine how I would have handled it, if I was in her shoes. Another story, that I really related to was in the Guilt section (no surprise, I suffer from mother's guilt 95% of my day). I 100% relate to the first sentence - "Before I had children, I was the perfect mother." I have said that some many times in my life.
About the Author: I really enjoyed the stories and the honesty from all 30 women. Cori Howard is the founder of The Momoir Project, an online writing centre that offers memoir writing classes, workshops and workbooks. She’s also an award-winning journalist whose work in newspapers, magazines, TV and radio has taken her around the world. Her stories – many about motherhood – have appeared in publications including Reader’s Digest, Elle, The Independent, among many others. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her family.