Small animals : parenthood in the age of fear / Kim Brooks.
- ISBN: 1250089557
- ISBN: 9781250089557
- ISBN: 9781250089557 : HRD
- ISBN: 1250089557 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781250089557 (hardcover)
- ISBN: 1250089557 (hardcover)
- Physical Description: xi, 242 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First Edition.
- Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||Includes bibliographical references.|
|Formatted Contents Note:||Fear itself -- The day I left my son in the car -- Parenthood as a competitive sport -- The fabrication of fear -- Negative feedback -- Self-report -- The cost of fear -- What a horrible mother -- Quality of life -- Guinea pigs -- Small animals -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.|
|Summary, etc.:||One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America's culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals , Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves? Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks's own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children.|
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|Subject:||Parenthood United States
Mother and child United States
Fear United States
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Small Animals : Parenthood in the Age of Fear
KIM BROOKS is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, The Missouri Review, and other journals, and her essays have appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, New York magazine, LennyLetter, and on WNYC's Note to Self. Her novel The Houseguest was published in 2016. Kim Brooks lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.