A sneak peek of my new book PUSH BACK: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting

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Only a month to go until my book PUSH BACK: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting is published on April 5!

HarperCollins has posted a generous excerpt to whet your appetite. If you prefer a full size version, you can find it here.

  • Actual Skeptic

    That one extreme point of view has problems doesn’t automatically make the opposite extreme view accurate.

    This sample is enough to see the quality of writing and logic.

    “Everything natural is good” is a fallacy just like “All technology is good”.

    You have to put in more thought and reference more data than that to see how things really are. The very same thing can be good and bad, depending on the situation. Smartphones can both connect and distance people. Television has useful and not so useful attributes. Birth interventions can be both life-saving or unnecessary or even damaging. The right questions to ask are regarding WHEN is the right time for birth intervention – not to blithely assert that all technology is good and that everything natural is uncomfortable, anti-feminist and bad.

    This book is likely to be mostly ideology – as Dr. Tuteur’s says in the sample, her mission is to comfort. Not to determine what is true.

    • Hannah

      I don’t think Dr Tuteur has ‘blithely’ asserted all technology is good all the time or that natural is always bad. At all.

  • Thank you for writing this much needed volume! Wishing you much success.

  • Sarah

    Very exciting!

  • AA

    FYI to all–if it’s not in your budget to buy books, ask your library to purchase. Many libraries have a “purchase request” form or something similar so the library will buy the book and make it available to all patrons.

  • BeatriceC

    *does the happy dance*

    I rarely buy books anymore (yay for libraries!), but I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one. I should be getting dressed but I’m rooted to my desk chair reading the excerpt.