I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life Of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

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I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life Of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

by Allison Pearson
Read by Emma Fielding

Random House Audio Publishing Group | December 28, 2010 | Audio Book (CD) |

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Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson's smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as "The national anthem for working mothers." Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter's school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit,I Don't Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.


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Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 4.72 × 5.91 × 0.79 in

Published: December 28, 2010

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307914194

ISBN - 13: 9780307914194

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I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life Of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

by Allison Pearson
Read by Emma Fielding

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 4.72 × 5.91 × 0.79 in

Published: December 28, 2010

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307914194

ISBN - 13: 9780307914194

About the Book

Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson's smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as "The national anthem for working mothers." Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a "homemade "pie for her daughter's school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, " "I Don't Know How She Does It" "brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.

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Home Monday, 1:37 a.m. How did I get here? Can someone please tell me that? Not in this kitchen, I mean in this life. It is the morning of the school carol concert and I am hitting mince pies. No, let us be quite clear about this, I am distressing mince pies, an altogether more demanding and subtle process. Discarding the Sainsbury luxury packaging, I winkle the pies out of their pleated foil cups, place them on a chopping board and bring down a rolling pin on their blameless floury faces. This is not as easy as it sounds, believe me. Hit the pies too hard and they drop a kind of fat-lady curtsy, skirts of pastry bulging out at the sides, and the fruit starts to ooze. But with a firm downward motion--imagine enough pressure to crush a small beetle--you can start a crumbly little landslide, giving the pastry a pleasing homemade appearance. And homemade is what I''m after here. Home is where the heart is. Home is where the good mother is, baking for her children. All this trouble because of a letter Emily brought back from school ten days ago, now stuck on the fridge with a Tinky Winky magnet, asking if "parents could please make a voluntary contribution of appropriate festive refreshments" for the Christmas party they always put on after the carols. The note is printed in berry red and at the bottom, next to Miss Empson''s signature, there is a snowman wearing a mortarboard and a shy grin. But do not be deceived by the strenuous tone of informality or the outbreak of
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Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson's smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as "The national anthem for working mothers." Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter's school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit,I Don't Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Allison Pearson, named Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards, is a weekly columnist in the London Evening Standard and a member of the BBC''s Newsnight Review panel. She lives in London with her husband, the New Yorker writer Anthony Lane, and their two children.


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Editorial Reviews

“If you could buy stock in a book, I would stake all my savings on the success of Allison Pearson''s new novel, I Don''t Know How She Does It. Here, at last, is the definitive social comedy of working motherhood." –Marjorie Williams, Washinton Post “A sparkling novel about juggling marriage, kids, and job (and getting some sleep) . . . Nearly every female lucky enough to have both a child and a byline . . . has strip-mined Pearson''s theme: how to squeeze babies, marriage and a high-powered job into a day that cannot be stretched beyond 24 hours. But Pearson''s Kate, a brisk, sardonic, loving world beater, has made it all fresh again.” –Margaret Carlson, Time “. . . Heartbreaking . . . Anyone who has pumped breast milk in the back of a taxi, or wept quietly into the laundry hamper after arriving home too late for a good-night kiss, will recognize herself in this sharply observed, sometimes painfully sad story about the sordid disparity between the ideal and the reality of ''having it all.''” –Kate Betts, New York Times Book Review “What makes [Kate''s] tale such a hoot are the spot-on details that crowd her life and her brain–and will be familiar to any woman who''s ever tried to dress a squirming toddler while calling the office to explain why she''s late . . . Pearson has an effortlessly smart style . . . I don''t know a man on the planet who would get this book–or a woman who wouldn''t.” –Ca
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