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I Don't Know How She Does It
By Allison Pearson and Emma Fielding (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date October 1, 2002
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Abridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780739301722
ISBN-10 0739301721
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 4.75 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $29.95
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Summary
In a pointed dramatization of the problems of working mothers, Kate Reddy, a hedge fund manager and mother of two, struggles to juggle her professional and personal lives and to balance--often unsuccessfully--the tightrope of work and home.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.


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Editions
Paperback
Book cover for 9780099469667 Book cover for 9780099570233
 
from Vintage Uk (September 1, 2011)
9780099570233 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $11.80
New edition from Gardners Books (October 2, 2003)
9780099469667 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $10.80
About: Meet Kate Reddy, fund manager and mother of two.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780739301722
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Abridged edition from Random House (October 1, 2002)
9780739301722 | details & prices | 5.50 × 4.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Kate Reddy, a hedge fund manager and mother of two, struggles to juggle her professional and personal lives and to balance--often unsuccessfully--on the tightrope of work and home.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781856867269
 
Abridged edition from Gardners Books (July 4, 2002)
9781856867269 | details & prices | List price $16.75
About: The story of the professional working mum at the start of the 21st century, this novel recounts how 35-year-old Kate counts seconds like other women count calories.

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