To Hell With All That

To Hell With All That

Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife

Book - 2006
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Caitlin Flanagan, the hilarious and hotly disputed social critic, compares the rituals and experiences that shaped the fifties housewife with those that have forged the modern woman, and arrives at some surprising conclusions. In her signature prose -- bitingly funny and brutally honest -- Flanagan examines everything from the contemporary white wedding craze to the epidemic of undersexed marriages. Whether she is reporting on the mommy wars, the anti-clutter movement, or America's new nanny culture, her book reveals both the high cost women pay for devoting themselves to the people they love, and also the matchless rewards that come from such a sacrifice. Caitlin Flanagan began her magazine-writing career at the Atlantic Monthly in 2001 with a series of essays on modern family life that became an immediate sensation and the subject of an ongoing and heated national discussion. Now a staff writer for The New Yorker, her essays are passed from friend to friend, challenged and championed in the media, and often made the subject of book group discussions. With its insightful observations and trenchant conclusions, To Hell With All That will generate controversy and serious media attention while it also delights and enlightens readers across the country.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316736879
Branch Call Number: 305.4364 FLA NVD
Alternative Title: To hell with all that


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Sep 05, 2012

This was a thoroughly entertaining read. I was a bit disappointed by the fact that Flanagan treats housewives as if they no longer exist (she writes a great deal about the "stay at home moms" she feels have taken their place).

Many of her observations are spot on. I was happy to see that she at least makes mention of the fact that, for most mothers, a return to work is predicated on the existence of an abundance of minorities willing to care for children in exchange for sub-standard wages (either as nannies or childcare workers). A good read, and often quite funny, I'd recommend this book men and women from both sides of the "mommy wars".

Jan 06, 2012

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