Carl Jung said, "Children are driven, unconsciously, in a direction that is intended to compensate for everything that was left unfulfilled in the life of their parents." It is this very statement that haunts Jennifer Lauck, and inspires Show Me the Way, a marvelous book of honest, funny, and touching stories from the trenches of motherhood.
Having lost both of her parents at an early age, Jennifer Lauck, acclaimed author of the memoir Blackbird, as well as its follow-up, Still Waters, has in Show Me the Way come to terms with her past in order to move forward as a mother to her own children.
A luminous writer who is always observing, whose self-examination is frank, poignant, and never cloying, Lauck's stories touch upon themes common to so many of her readers: labor, delivery, and the physical details of giving birth; the decision to have a second child; the struggle to maintain independence against the pull of motherhood; the tenuous work/life balancing act; the gossamer threads holding family together; the soul-defining nature of caring for children; and the ultimate surrender of finally "getting it."
Illustrating the author's wonderful insight, irreverence, and core of inner strength, Show Me the Way is a book for all mothers, and a rewarding conclusion for fans of Jennifer Lauck.
Jennifer Lauck is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Blackbird and its sequel, Still Waters. She lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Portland, Oregon.
Publisher: Washington Square Press (May 11, 2010)
Length: 288 pages
"Show Me the Way takes you into the heart and mind of an ordinary mother who relies on an honest combination of instinct, intuition, and trial and error to get her kids from day to day. We need more books like this one, for its depiction of motherhood in all its frustrating, sloppy, heartbreaking glory." -- Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters
"Lauck commands respect and provides inspiration...A captivating...exploration of motherhood. -- Publishers Weekly
"An engaging, heartfelt, and often irreverent look at the satisfactions and stresses of rookie parenthood." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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