Press

Lisa Belkin

Torn is filled with the voices of women trying to solve an impossible equation, all doing the best they can."

- Lisa Belkin

The New York Times

2016-05-02T14:27:08+00:00

- Lisa Belkin

The New York Times

“Torn is filled with the voices of women trying to solve an impossible equation, all doing the best they can."

Deborah Netburn

For those of us who live in a constant state of anxiety about how we’ve compromised our careers for our kids or the other way around, books about the the work/life balance and how other women have dealt with it remain perennially interesting. [TORN] is a welcome addition to this body of work …. The point that nobody actually has it all is made all the more compelling when it is made by a choir of voices.

Deborah Netburn

Los Angeles Times

2016-04-28T14:12:35+00:00

Deborah Netburn

Los Angeles Times

For those of us who live in a constant state of anxiety about how we’ve compromised our careers for our kids or the other way around, books about the the work/life balance and how other women have dealt with it remain perennially interesting. [TORN] is a welcome addition to this body of work …. The point that nobody actually has it all is made all the more compelling when it is made by a choir of voices.

Willow Bay

A fascinating look at Mothering 2.0. How do we do it? In Torn, a new generation of moms shows us how with intelligence, wit, and candor.

Willow Bay

Senior Editor, The Huffington Post

2016-04-28T14:17:03+00:00

Willow Bay

Senior Editor, The Huffington Post

A fascinating look at Mothering 2.0. How do we do it? In Torn, a new generation of moms shows us how with intelligence, wit, and candor.

Neal Pollack

TORN is a poignant look at how a generation of mothers is trying to forge its own identity while honoring the legacy of 60s and 70s feminism. Sometimes freedom can be its own trap, and this book illustrates that principle beautifully.

Neal Pollack

Vanity Fair columnist

Author of Alternadad and Stretch

2016-04-28T14:16:05+00:00

Neal Pollack

Vanity Fair columnist

Author of Alternadad and Stretch

TORN is a poignant look at how a generation of mothers is trying to forge its own identity while honoring the legacy of 60s and 70s feminism. Sometimes freedom can be its own trap, and this book illustrates that principle beautifully.

Caroline Grant

With Torn, Samantha Walravens offers a diverse collection of voices making a valuable contribution to our ongoing discussion about trying to maintain a career while raising a family. These writers are sometimes rueful and sometimes quite raw, but always compellingly honest. They insist we set aside guilt and judgment and instead listen to their truths – complicated and difficult as they are – in the hope that someday our children will feel less torn.

Caroline Grant

Editor-in-Chief, Literary Mama

co-editor, Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life

2016-04-28T14:08:28+00:00

Caroline Grant

Editor-in-Chief, Literary Mama

co-editor, Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life

With Torn, Samantha Walravens offers a diverse collection of voices making a valuable contribution to our ongoing discussion about trying to maintain a career while raising a family. These writers are sometimes rueful and sometimes quite raw, but always compellingly honest. They insist we set aside guilt and judgment and instead listen to their truths – complicated and difficult as they are – in the hope that someday our children will feel less torn.

Karen Carrera

In a culture that obsesses over every conceivable determinant of woman’s identity, from physical appearance to marital status, from mothering skills to career potential, the real women behind the societal images often get lost. In Torn, 46 successful, well-educated women have taken on the challenging task of telling it like it is, relaying their stories of how they manage (or not) to balance career and motherhood, professional life with the demands of family. These essays promise to entertain and answer the question asked by every generation of women: is it possible to do it all?

Karen Carrera

Former Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco

Board member, Equal Rights Advocates

2016-04-28T14:14:34+00:00

Karen Carrera

Former Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco

Board member, Equal Rights Advocates

In a culture that obsesses over every conceivable determinant of woman’s identity, from physical appearance to marital status, from mothering skills to career potential, the real women behind the societal images often get lost. In Torn, 46 successful, well-educated women have taken on the challenging task of telling it like it is, relaying their stories of how they manage (or not) to balance career and motherhood, professional life with the demands of family. These essays promise to entertain and answer the question asked by every generation of women: is it possible to do it all?

Catherine Clifford

Sharp, provocative and sometimes funny stories about some very unfunny issues that mothers grapple with daily. If you have a mother, are a mother or know a mother, read this book.

Catherine Clifford

Founder, Youronramp.com

2016-04-28T14:09:01+00:00

Catherine Clifford

Founder, Youronramp.com

Sharp, provocative and sometimes funny stories about some very unfunny issues that mothers grapple with daily. If you have a mother, are a mother or know a mother, read this book.

Joan C. Williams

Suffice it to say that I started reading the book in the subway and missed my stop! These little essays, often poignant, capture where American mothers find themselves today.

Joan C. Williams

Distinguished Professor of Law & Founder/Director of the Center for Work-Life Law

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

2016-04-28T14:13:53+00:00

Joan C. Williams

Distinguished Professor of Law & Founder/Director of the Center for Work-Life Law

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Suffice it to say that I started reading the book in the subway and missed my stop! These little essays, often poignant, capture where American mothers find themselves today.

Geraldine Alpert, Ph.D.

As a therapist who sees many women ‘torn’ between the conflicting demands of motherhood, marriage and career, I believe that the deep empathy and understanding created by these remarkably honest and moving personal testimonies makes this book a ‘must read’ both for women struggling to create work-life balance and for men trying to understand the plight of the women in their lives.

Geraldine Alpert, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

University of California Medical School, San Francisco

2016-04-28T14:13:06+00:00

Geraldine Alpert, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

University of California Medical School, San Francisco

As a therapist who sees many women ‘torn’ between the conflicting demands of motherhood, marriage and career, I believe that the deep empathy and understanding created by these remarkably honest and moving personal testimonies makes this book a ‘must read’ both for women struggling to create work-life balance and for men trying to understand the plight of the women in their lives.

Allison Glock

Finally, a reality-based look at life, love and motherhood for real women, from real women. No quick fixes or fantasy escapes here. Just good, old-fashioned, in-the-trenches camaraderie that lets you know you are not alone and that the fight is worth it. Really!

 

Allison Glock

Author of the award-winning memoir Beauty Before Comfort

Mother of two girls she still hugs in public

2016-04-28T14:06:48+00:00

 

Allison Glock

Author of the award-winning memoir Beauty Before Comfort

Mother of two girls she still hugs in public

Finally, a reality-based look at life, love and motherhood for real women, from real women. No quick fixes or fantasy escapes here. Just good, old-fashioned, in-the-trenches camaraderie that lets you know you are not alone and that the fight is worth it. Really!

Leslie Morgan Steiner

Torn offers up the finest imaginable gift for today’s moms, no matter whether you work or stay at home: the comforting truth that we all juggle life and kids as best we can, and that moms ride this nutty ‘mommy wars’ roller coaster together. Moms will laugh, cry, identify – and feel an invaluable sense of validation that modern motherhood is more challenging, and more joyful, than anyone ever told us.

Leslie Morgan Steiner

Author,  The NY Times bestseller, Crazy Love, Author of Mommy Wars

2016-04-28T14:15:04+00:00

Leslie Morgan Steiner

Author,  The NY Times bestseller, Crazy Love, Author of Mommy Wars

Torn offers up the finest imaginable gift for today’s moms, no matter whether you work or stay at home: the comforting truth that we all juggle life and kids as best we can, and that moms ride this nutty ‘mommy wars’ roller coaster together. Moms will laugh, cry, identify – and feel an invaluable sense of validation that modern motherhood is more challenging, and more joyful, than anyone ever told us.

Lisa Harper

Torn speaks a bold, discomfiting truth: there is no easy solution when it comes to balancing career and parenting. These unflinchingly honest stories reveal the unusually high stakes of women’s choices about work and family– for their marriage, their children, their career, their financial life, and especially for their own identity. This book is a vital contribution to the conversation about the value of domestic life and the hidden costs of work for women and their families. Offering neither easy solutions nor judgment, its hope lies in its willingness to fully engage the messy realities that so many women face every day.

Lisa Harper

Author of A Double Life, Discovering Motherhood

Winner of the 2010 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award

2016-04-28T14:15:35+00:00

Lisa Harper

Author of A Double Life, Discovering Motherhood

Winner of the 2010 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award

Torn speaks a bold, discomfiting truth: there is no easy solution when it comes to balancing career and parenting. These unflinchingly honest stories reveal the unusually high stakes of women’s choices about work and family– for their marriage, their children, their career, their financial life, and especially for their own identity. This book is a vital contribution to the conversation about the value of domestic life and the hidden costs of work for women and their families. Offering neither easy solutions nor judgment, its hope lies in its willingness to fully engage the messy realities that so many women face every day.

Victoria Zackheim

A tender, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking collection of experiences as unique as the women who lived them. For those of us who were guided, and often defined, by the women’s movement, these stories resonate in a way that is both sustaining and essential.

Victoria Zackheim

Editor, He Said What? Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed

2016-04-28T14:16:33+00:00

Victoria Zackheim

Editor, He Said What? Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed

A tender, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking collection of experiences as unique as the women who lived them. For those of us who were guided, and often defined, by the women’s movement, these stories resonate in a way that is both sustaining and essential.

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