Karen Valby
February 05, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

All Joy and No Fun

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jennifer Senior
publisher
Ecco Press
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

”Parents are able to feel guilt all the time,” New York magazine’s Jennifer Senior commiserates in her smart study of modern parenthood. Culling from numerous sources — sociologists, historians, bleary-eyed parents — she seeks to unravel not just why parenting is such a daunting endeavor for today’s middle class but why we are all so relentlessly hard on ourselves. On the one hand, it’s a treat to read a parenting book that’s not about our precious children. On the other, what parent has the energy to be reminded how, and why, it’s all so difficult? B

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