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I Don't Know How She Does It : The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
by Allison Pearson


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"It’s fresh, it’s funny and it’s frisky, and as a working mom I could relate to this one on so many levels!"
Shari Stauch
For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud.
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Overview
What We're Reading Now:
"It’s fresh, it’s funny and it’s frisky, and as a working mom I could relate to this one on so many levels!"
Shari Stauch
For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century. Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her resume"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375713750
  • ISBN-10: 0375713751
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: August 2003
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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I Don't Know How She Does It

Set in London, Pearson's best-selling debut novel tells the story of Kate Reddy, wife, mother and financial whiz—a woman overbooked, overworked and consistently stressed out. The globetrotting Kate, a successful executive, fights to maintain her poise despite the chaos of her domestic life and demanding job. Overseeing a household that includes her two kids and architect-husband, armed with lists to remind her of pressing tasks, Kate is hardly the picture of grace under pressure, and that's exactly why readers will quickly become enamoured of her. She's a believable character struggling to be supermom, a plight that will feel all too familiar to today's ambitious females. Pearson—a mother herself, as well as an award-winning journalist—has written an authentic, moving tribute to working women that's richly detailed and expertly crafted. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.anchorbooks.com.

 
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