What a Bitch

Bitchbook_2 Around the time our second son was born, I came across an amazing book, The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage, a collection of essays edited by Cathi Hanauer. Pieces by Hope Edelman, Elissa Schappell, and numerous others are organized by life stages – the best of which is the section entitled Mommy Maddest. The revelation that I was not alone in my anger was astonishing.
Discovering how other women have felt these same feelings is, in itself, quite heartening, but reading the incredibly honest and articulate voices of the women Hanauer assembled is immensely reassuring and entertaining. As a wife and mother, I found so much of myself in these women‚Äôs essays that at times I have shoved the book in front of my husband and said, ‚ÄúRead this, and then you will understand…‚Äù
While you’re at it, you might also want to grab The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood and Freedom, the male response to The Bitch in the House, edited by none other than Hanauer‚Äôs husband, Daniel Jones. –Amy

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  • Reply March 11, 2006


    Whether or not you are alone does not make you right, but perhaps more understandable.
    I have no idea what exactly you’re talking about so I am not judging, but rather asking you to think about it.

  • Reply March 11, 2006


    Pretty hard to be RIGHT or WRONG when it is about FEELINGS, Kelly. Gebus. But atleast you had YOUR say, right?! Double gebus.
    Amy – thanks for the link and info – sounds right up my… tree?! :)

  • Reply March 13, 2006


    The book titles alone are worth having on our shelf even if the respective bitch and bastard of the house can’t get around to read, learn, and empathize. :-)

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