Picks and Pans Review: Excerpt

updated 05/16/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/2005 01:00AM

Because I Said So

Edited by Camille Peri and Kate Moses, this anthology of essays by mothers is smart, touching and often provocative.

FROM "THIRTEEN" BY JANET FITCH:

"She'd saved a box of books from her own childhood—the best-loved, treasured, and carefully preserved—for the time she would have her own daughter. She had just got to the best of them all—King of the Wind by Marguerite: Henry.... But when she finally opened that cherished volume and began to read it aloud, her daughter groaned and said, 'Oh God, not another sad horse story'.... She had a daughter who did not care for sad horse stories. She didn't need what her mother wanted to give her. She needed something else."

FROM "MOTHERLOVE" BY AYELET WALDMAN

"If a good mother is someone who would sacrifice anyone else to save her child then, unlike those other women in Mommy and Me, I am not a good mother. I am in fact quite the opposite. I am that most abominable thing—a bad mother. I love my husband more than I love my children."

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