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Black women have been balancing the competing demands of work and home since before women even won the right to vote. But black voices and experiences are barely acknowledged in the mainstream "mommy wars" dialogue. Lonnae O'Neal Parker is about to change all that, in this uncommonly smart and often witty examination -- part memoir, part reportage -- of how today's black women meet the challenges of marriage, motherhood, and work.

On the surface, Parker has the ideal life: Yet behind the perfect persona is a In marriage motherhood on the verge of a breakdown from the stresses of trying to have it all. In marriage motherhood a pantheon of voices -- from spectral slave women and ancestors who speak to her across time to her favorite pop cultural icons -- keeps her sane and helps her to navigate the complex waters of being a woman in the modern world.

With an intelligence and range that recalls Anne Lamott and Paula Giddings, Parker proves herself not only a welcome addition to the ongoing discussion of race and gender in America but an astute cultural critic.

A Washington Post journalist, wife and mother of three, Parker offers some sharp insights into balancing the multiple roles that engage contemporary women.

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Her remix blends history and memoir in "an assembly of voices and perspectives Parker's reach is broad, embracing her family, historical models e. Wells Barnett, Madame C. Walker and a wide array of artifacts of popular culture film, soap opera, rap music, magazines, etc. Race plays a role in most of her observations; sometimes, as in the issues of skin color, hair and passing, it takes center stage. Parker's volume is best In marriage motherhood in segments; a certain repetitiveness characterizes the remixing, and the pop culture references date quickly.

Most working women will, nevertheless, find food for thought; as Parker puts it, "It's not that I believe that black In marriage motherhood have all the answers—only that we have struggled with the questions longer and that sometimes that makes some of our tool sets more expansive.

Parker, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter with the Washington Postintersperses historical context, her newspaper commentaries, and current observations in this sharp perspective on black womanhood.

Parker grew up on the South Side of Chicago, watching the progress of generations beginning with her grandmother; she sees a widening of possibilities tinged with a history of limitations for black women. She recalls stories of black women making do and creating space for themselves, bringing glamour to the dismal and peace to the turbulent.

Contrasting In marriage motherhood struggles of black women to those of middle-class white women, Parker maintains that black women--with a longer, more complex history of balancing work and family--have broader skills for coping with demands while In marriage motherhood and securing joy in life. Throughout, Parker notes that whenever she is overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a journalism career, marriage, and motherhood with three children, she thinks of slave women with backbreaking dawn-to-dusk demands, and she is renewed.

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