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Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother
Slater, Lauren
Beacon Press / Softcover / 2016-09-01 / 0807061123
Families and Parenting
price: $18.00 (may be subject to change)
208 pages
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Acclaimed author Lauren Slater ruminates on what it means to be family.

Lauren Slaterís rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. In these autobiographical pieces, Slater presents snapshots of domestic life, populating them with the gritty details and jarring realities of sharing home, life, and body in the curious institution called ďfamily.Ē She asks difficult questions and probes unsettling truths about sex, love, and parenting. In these pages, Slater introduces us to her struggles with her mother, her determination to make a home of her own, her compromises in deciding to marry (her conflicts manifesting as an affair on the eve of her wedding), her initial struggle to connect with her newborn child, and the dilemmas of mothering with a mental illness. She writes openly about her decision to abort her second pregnancy and her later decision to have a second child after all. She tells us about the searing decision to have elective double mastectomy and how her love for her husband was magically rekindled after she saw him catch fire in a chemical accident.

Itís not all mastectomies and chemical fires, though. Slater digs into the everyday challenges of family living, from buying a lemon of a car and fighting back menacing weeds to gaining weight and being jealous of the nanny. Beautifully written, often humorous, and always revealing, these stories scrutinize the complex questions surrounding family life, offering up sometimes uncomfortable truths.

Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. She is the author of seven books, including The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals, Welcome to My Country, Prozac Diaries, and Opening Skinnerís Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century. Slater lives with her husband, two children, and many animals in Harvard, Massachusetts.

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