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I Don't Know How She Does It - The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

Allison Pearson

For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century. Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime. In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom. From the Hardcover edition.

For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century. Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime. In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom. From the Hardcover edition.
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For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century. Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime. In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Emma Fielding

Length:

6h 5m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:03