Picks and Pans Review: Bad Mother

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>by Ayelet Waldman |

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REVIEWED BY JUDITH NEWMAN

ESSAYS In essays on issues ranging from breast-feeding to homework to "giftedness," Waldman (notorious in the blogosphere for writing that she loved her husband more than her kids) examines her own struggles with maternal choice and the nagging sense that she's not living up to expectations. She talks with great candor about one of the most hard-to-admit conditions of early motherhood: the boredom. (To her own feminist mother's consternation, she quit her job to be a full-time mom: "I never let her know that within a week ... I had already begun to lose my mind.") Many find Waldman's honesty hard to take. For some of us it's hard to live without.

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