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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014: Reading Jennifer Senior’s lively and weirdly comforting All Joy and No
Fun was like attending the self-help group for beleaguered parents that I never knew I needed. (“Hi, my name is Neal,
and I’m a parent-aholic…”) Far afield from the headline-grabbing shockers in books like Tiger Mom, this is a thoughtful
and deeply researched look at the reality of modern day parenthood: we love our kids, and they make us crazy, and it’s
all our fault. The book grew from Senior’s eye-raising New York magazine piece, in which she explored the dark side of
parenting--the depression, the marital woes, the loss of self-worth. Sure, raising kids is, ultimately, deeply
rewarding. But on a day to day basis? Sometimes a bummer. Parenthood has changed a lot since World War II, as more women
entered the workforce, dads became more engaged in child rearing, and an “asymmetrical” parent-child relationship
evolved. We’re doing more for our kids, but they’re doing less for us. “Children went from being our employees to our
bosses,” Senior writes. If you want to be a better parent--or, maybe more importantly, to feel better about the parent
you’ve become--you need this book. And, probably, a nap. --Neal Thompson