Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink by Katrina Alcorn

Alcorn tells her own story of working full-time while also raising two young children. She writes about the challenges and the anxiety that comes along with trying to keep everything together.

Wow, just reading this book stressed me out, but I could not put it down. Alcorn is an excellent writer. The story she shares about her life is deeply personal. She comes across as very down-to-earth and humble. At the end of most chapters she includes short sections with research about working mothers and ways to improve life for families. She also cites examples from other countries that provide benefits like shorter work weeks, paid maternity and paternity leave, quality daycare, etc. that support families.

I really liked this book. It was engaging, well-written, and made me think about the ways that families could be better supported.

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