Listen to your mother : what she said then, what we're saying now

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Fiercely irreverent, thought-provoking, hilarious, and edgy - a spirited wake-up call about modern-day mothering
In 2010, Ann Imig decided Mother's Day was lacking- instead of being solely a retail-driven holiday, the focus should be family. By bringing our community together to share personal stories about our mothers, we could get back to the core of why mothering is important. That year, she organized a live reading, and so 'Listen to Your Mother' was born. Now it's a rapidly growing movement that's sweeping the nation.
Like the live readings, the anthology Listen to Your Mother is a brutally honest look at modern motherhood. It showcases the experiences of ordinary people of different races, genders, and ages, and takes readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor.
Acutely stimulating, and filled with pathos and candor, the contributors' stories share their experiences with adoption, assimilation, and emptying nests; first-time motherhood, foster parenting, and infertility; LGBTQ parenting, special-needs parenting, and surrogacy; step-mothering, never mothering, and mothering through illness. Their essays are devastatingly funny, refreshingly edgy, and deeply thought-provoking; they are the collective voice of mothers among us. Whether you are one, have one, or know one, Listen to Your Mother is an emotional whirlwind that is guaranteed to entertain, amuse, and enlighten.
Praise for Listen to Your Mother

'With their authentic glimpses into this hard, beautiful thing we call life, the essays between these covers led me to fresh perspectives on mothering and being mothered. I savored the open vulnerability that met me with each turn of the page. From the hilarious to the profound, and not bound by gender or geography, these stories generously plumbed the depths of all that is motherhood.' Anna Whiston Donaldson, New York Times -bestselling author of Rare Bird

'I've been a longtime fan of Ann's Listen to Your Mother movement, and I just adore this collection. The stories are diverse, yet bound together by Listen to Your Mother's trademark rawness and honesty. A perfect gift for any woman in your life . . . or yourself!' Jill Smokler, New York Times -bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy

' Listen to Your Mothe r manages to do what few anthologies do- it makes us see ourselves clearly through the eyes of many different writers-all gifted and many wickedly funny. These writers voice the things that everyone thinks and no one says. Long live the mothers!' Suzanne Finnamore, award-winning author of Split
Foreword / Ann Imig
Matryoshka dolls / Mary Jo Pehl
What matters most / Zach Wahls
The meat grinder / Jen Rubin
It's always bad news / Marinka
I felt like something / Megan Stielstra
A year at the lake / Jenny Fiore
The broken bowl / Jennifer Ball
Mo'betta mama / Tasneem Grace Tewogbola
The reach of a small moment / Alexandra Rosas
Becoming invisible / Lea Grover
Motherhood off the beaten path / Margaret Smith
The job of motherhood / Wendi Adams
Not a princess / Vikki Reich
Threads / Stacey Conner
She knew it / Natalie Cheung Hall
Peanut butter and jelly / Taya Dunn Johnson
The good-bye app / Kate St. Vincent Vogl
More than an aunt, less than a mom / Jerry Mahoney
The confession jar / Jenny Forrester
Unspeakable sacrifice / Angie Miller
Shy / Haddayr Copley-Woods
Mothering you, my son: in six chapters / Ann Breidenbach
What if / Lisa Page Rosenberg
Swimsuit edition / Jennifer Sutton
The cookie jar / Patty Chang Anker
My mother the protector / Eddy Jordan
Cocktail playdate dropout / Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
The mother of all fathers / Robert Shaffron
A much-needed slap in the face / Yoon Park
Idiopathic / Amy Wilson
Nick's story / Nadine C. Warner
Prepare to be judged, and possibly stabbed. / Jenny Lawson
Monkey, speak / Robyn Rasberry
The wondering / Greta Funk
Be happy, have a good life, remember me / Ann Stewart Zachwieja
My mom fought the Nazis and won / Brian Lavendel
I want to be a nothing / Jenifer Joy Madden
Mother: a multiplication lesson / Dana Maya
All you need is lovey / Katie Wise
The upside to down / Mery Smith
Artichokes / Kathy Curto
Does your mom play drums? / Michelle Cruz Gonzales
Steam power / Helen Reese
In praise of the other mother / Nancy Davis Kho
Three little letters / Lisa Allen
The tiny bridge-maker / Jennifer Newcomb Marine
Bottle caps, apple trees, and hope / Sheila Quirke
Pregnant again / Edward McCann
Becoming da mommy / M. Penny Manson
Mothering through the storm / Rebecca Anderson-Brown
Waiting for my kids to wish me a happy Mother's Day / Meggan Sommerville
The children ate my gratitude / Ann Imig
Raised by lesbians: on my makeup-free mom, my fashion-challenged moments, and raising a Disney daughter in a feminist world / Jennifer Weiner
Orbits / Ruth Pennebaker
Leaps and bounds / Barbara Patrick
Hummingbird: a love letter to the mothers at church / Liz Joynt Sandberg.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "According to blogger Imig, Mother's Day has been turned into another overly commercialized holiday. She thus launched, in 2010, a movement called Listen to Your Mother, which aims to return Mother's Day to its original focus on mothers and motherhood, principally by gathering women to write stories and engage in live readings. The book of the same name gathers together 56 of those stories. Topics range from adoption to adolescence, from losing a spouse or a child to the most lighthearted aspects of parenting. The stories in the collection run the gamut, and the result is varied enough to ensure that readers who don't identify with one tale will easily find resonance in another. Some will leave readers laughing out loud, while others will leave them crying. All of this collection's stories, however, have one thing in common: readers will be left planning to call their mothers. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Motherhood -- Literary collections.
Mothers -- Literary collections.
Parenting -- Literary collections.
Publisher New York :2015
Contributors Imig, Ann, editor.
Language English
Description 246 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780399169854
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