The Comeback

The Comeback

Seven Stories of Women Who Went From Career to Family and Back Again

Book - 2008
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A must-read for all women juggling career and family: an inspiring book that argues that women can have it all--just not all at once.

We've all heard the chatter in magazines and on television about off-ramps and on-ramps, decreased earning power, increased competition, too much readjustment, too little flexibility, no jobs, no hope--nothing to look forward to. Women are used to being told that once we get off the career track, we can't get back on. In The Comeback, Emma Gilbey Keller proves that this isn't true: More and more, companies today are looking at the value of hiring returning mothers. In this encouraging book, Keller tells the stories of seven very different women who sought to strike a balance between demanding careers and budding families. With all of them there came a moment--unplanned--when they decided to give up work and become full-time mothers. Then, some time later, each of them decided it was time to start thinking about going back. Their stories are complicated, filled with the choices, decisions and trade-offs that all mothers face. Each ended up with some version of the balance that we all strive for as we juggle work and families. Achieving this balance always takes effort, frustration, and give-and-take, but in the end anyone can do it.

An absorbing blend of story, insight, advice, and inspiration, The Comeback offers a positive message to mothers overwhelmed by the ever-shifting work versus home debate.

Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781596912236
Branch Call Number: 331.44092273 KEL
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 30, 2015

I'll be honest, I didn't finish this book. I was looking for something useful--not inspiring--to guide me as I move from being a SAHM to returning to my previous career. This is not the book. The first two profiles are more about how fabulously dressed these women are, how chic their upper east side manhattan apartments are, how fabulous their social lives where before they had kids. And then they had kids, and there were some struggles, and then they could be fabulous and trend-setting again. But in no way are those women representative of most career women or mothers. White, wealthy, urban--with all the status and privileges that go with it. I'm not bashing on wealth or whiteness or urbanness, except when it is centered as being the normal. The next woman profiled was more on the side of what I'd consider normal, though still white and married. But she had financial dilemma and the decisions she made had real risks associated with them. But the treatment she got from the author was completely cursory. I stopped reading there.

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