From the November, 2005 issue of Touchstone
Mommies Anxious by Joan Frawley Desmond

Mommies Anxious

Perfect Madness by Judith Warner

Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
Penguin Books, 2005
(327 pages, $23.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Joan Frawley Desmond

As a mother who once purchased an electronic phonics gadget for her toddler, this writer knows the depths to which maternal anxiety can sink. Perhaps most American women will admit to similar acts of irrational spending, scheduling, and worrying on behalf of their offspring. Can public acknowledgment of this kind of hysteria provoke a new wave of social and political reform in America?

Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety thinks so. The . . .


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