Praise for Because I Said So

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“Moses and Peri, who edited Mothers Who Think, an American Book Award-winning anthology based on a Salon.com column, have gathered some 33 talented mothers (including writers Rosellen Brown, Janet Fitch, Ayelet Waldman and Ann Hulbert, among others) discussing aspects of ‘real motherhood’ today. True, most of their issues — spousal abuse, divorce, cancer, step-parenting, single mothering — aren’t new. Some contributors, like Mariane Pearl, the widow of journalist Danny Pearl, have even published their thoughts elsewhere. What’s magical about this collection, though, is what happens when such diverse accounts are stitched together in a single volume: a new picture emerges of what it means to be a mother in modern America. Chemo treatments may leave you bald. Your kids may suffer from ‘KGOY — kids growing older younger,’ and as they test your limits, you may find yourself ‘morphing into some authoritarian freak.’ If you’re black, people may assume you’re your own child’s nanny. But as [co-editor Kate Moses] discovered traveling solo to Cairo to see a particular set of Roman-era memorial portraits in the Egyptian Museum, the acknowledgment ‘of death, of loss, of suffering, as well as of desire and remembered joy’ is all ‘part of living.’ Skip the flowers and candy this Mother’s Day, and buy this book instead.”
Publishers Weekly

“There are anthologies about dieting, Jewish guilt, divorce and breaking up with your friends, and forthcoming ones about money, aging and women behaving badly. But the books that give off the most heat … tend in one way or another to be about motherhood. … In terms of literary quality, by far the best of the anthologies isĀ Because I Said So, edited by Camille Peri and Kate Moses.”
–Charles McGrath, The New York Times

“This is a wise, diverse, and deeply thoughtful collection — equal parts disturbing, enlightening, and consoling — about the things today’s mothers should think about, if they don’t already. Because I Said So reflects the new world of mothers and mothering in all its beauty and complexity.”
–Cathi Hanauer, editor of The Bitch in the House

“This essay collection by the editors of Mothers Who Think (inspired by the column of the same name on Salon.com) features a broad array of women attempting to provide their children with ‘hope, strength and dinner.’ Readers first encounter a modern-day Muslim Hester Prynne, who relates her excommunication from her mosque in West Virginia for her refusal to feel or impersonate shame as an unwed mother. From this auspicious and riveting beginning follow still more perceptive, witty, and sometimes poignant contemplations of life as a mother, be it a mother with cancer, a divorced mother, a stepmother, a mother of small boys, a mother of teenage girls, or a mother dealing with terrorism, racism, or infertility; for all psychology and women’s studies collections.”
–Library Journal