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An unforgettable collection of essays on the everyday thrills and challenges of marriage and motherhood, from one of America's best-loved memoirists Witty and insightful, " Domestic Affairs" is an extension of Joyce Maynard's celebrated, widely syndicated newspaper column of the same name that ran from 1984 to 1990. Each essay gives an unfiltered look at the ups and downs o An unforgettable collection of essays on the everyday thrills and challenges of marriage and motherhood, from one of America's best-loved memoirists Witty and insightful, " Domestic Affairs" is an extension of Joyce Maynard's celebrated, widely syndicated newspaper column of the same name that ran from 1984 to 1990. Each essay gives an unfiltered look at the ups and downs of family life and a remarkable window into the challenges of modern motherhood. Topics range from babysitter woes to family visits to coping with a child's burgeoning independence. These collected writings represent nine years' worth of stories about the greatest adventure of Maynard's life, or, as she writes, "the difficult, exhausting, humbling, and endlessly gratifying business of raising children, of ensuring the health of both body and soul." This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.


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An unforgettable collection of essays on the everyday thrills and challenges of marriage and motherhood, from one of America's best-loved memoirists Witty and insightful, " Domestic Affairs" is an extension of Joyce Maynard's celebrated, widely syndicated newspaper column of the same name that ran from 1984 to 1990. Each essay gives an unfiltered look at the ups and downs o An unforgettable collection of essays on the everyday thrills and challenges of marriage and motherhood, from one of America's best-loved memoirists Witty and insightful, " Domestic Affairs" is an extension of Joyce Maynard's celebrated, widely syndicated newspaper column of the same name that ran from 1984 to 1990. Each essay gives an unfiltered look at the ups and downs of family life and a remarkable window into the challenges of modern motherhood. Topics range from babysitter woes to family visits to coping with a child's burgeoning independence. These collected writings represent nine years' worth of stories about the greatest adventure of Maynard's life, or, as she writes, "the difficult, exhausting, humbling, and endlessly gratifying business of raising children, of ensuring the health of both body and soul." This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

30 review for Domestic Affairs: Enduring the Pleasures of Motherhood and Family Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ann Herrick

    I originally read some of the stories as part of Joyce's column, Domestic Scene, that had appeared in the newspaper, but many were new to me. I'm always amazed by people who can write so thoroughly and openly about their lives. I don't think I could ever do it. Joyce writes about the joys and agonies of parenting and marriage. There were a lot of laughs, tears, and fights along the way, and I always wondered if Joyce and Steve might have made a better go of it if they had been able to communicate I originally read some of the stories as part of Joyce's column, Domestic Scene, that had appeared in the newspaper, but many were new to me. I'm always amazed by people who can write so thoroughly and openly about their lives. I don't think I could ever do it. Joyce writes about the joys and agonies of parenting and marriage. There were a lot of laughs, tears, and fights along the way, and I always wondered if Joyce and Steve might have made a better go of it if they had been able to communicate more calmly at times. There are occastions when I wanted to tear my hair out as Joyce tries too hard to have a perfect Christmas/birthday party/whatever and Steve makes odd choices such as taking Willie for a long walk just before their pizza is supposed to arrive at their table. I know from reading a column *about* Domestic Scene many years ago that many readers had their doubts about the relationship (which SPOILER ALERT) ended in divorce. Joyce Maynard's writing always draws me in, and I've been lucky enough to meet her with a small group on a couple of occasions. Her books can be addictive, and so can reading about her life, as she keeps readers posted about it through mass emails. I recommend this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Joyce Maynard writes newspaper and magazine columns on home and family – this book compiles her work, giving glimpses of the day-to-day life of her family (husband Steve and three children), as well as her own thoughts, hopes, and dreams. From “The Dollhouse”: “If I were talking to a therapist about my daughter’s dollhouse (and it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea) the first thing I’d say is that I never had a dollhouse of my own. Variation on a theme of parents everywhere – who move through their Joyce Maynard writes newspaper and magazine columns on home and family – this book compiles her work, giving glimpses of the day-to-day life of her family (husband Steve and three children), as well as her own thoughts, hopes, and dreams. From “The Dollhouse”: “If I were talking to a therapist about my daughter’s dollhouse (and it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea) the first thing I’d say is that I never had a dollhouse of my own. Variation on a theme of parents everywhere – who move through their children’s youth attempting an odd mix of re-creating their own, compensating for everything their own failed to provide, and attempting to construct, for their beloved offspring, that most elusive of experiences known as a happy childhood.” Joyce comes across as a woman and mother I’d like to know, someone with whom I could have spent countless hours talking to, a friend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I read this just after Spencer was born and enjoyed it very much. For some reason during his infancy, I had trouble finding anything that appealed to me. Part of it made me laugh out loud and other parts made me cry. She's a little out there with her thoughts on menstruation, but she speaks from her heart and that's always good. I read this just after Spencer was born and enjoyed it very much. For some reason during his infancy, I had trouble finding anything that appealed to me. Part of it made me laugh out loud and other parts made me cry. She's a little out there with her thoughts on menstruation, but she speaks from her heart and that's always good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    booksandcarbs

    Really liked these essays. Having been a child in the 80s, I enjoyed reading about a mom in the 80s.

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