The Mother Zone: Love, Sex, and Laundry in the Modern Family

Marni Jackson, Author
Marni Jackson, Author Henry Holt & Company $19.95 (277p) ISBN 978-0-8050-1709-0
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Magazine journalist Jackson, who had her first and only child, a boy, at age 37, found that motherhood was every bit as exciting and rewarding--and frustrating and unnerving--as her career. Her humorous, frank and passionate account of her metamorphosis into a mother (``There's no preparation for the alchemy of the self that takes place during motherhood'') begins with her meeting of Casey's father-to-be, Brian. She describes her son's conception and birth, the experiences of breastfeeding and weaning, the merry-go-round of sitters and day-care centers, Casey's six-month-long bout with whooping cough and the absurdity of birthday party loot bags. Grounded in details, Jackson's observations are part of a broader reflection on the continuing process of mothering (``Bad patches come and go and are completely convincing as long as they last''). Entertaining and gutsy, her account will warm and console parents. (Jan.)
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