All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

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Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle the issue of the effects of children on their parents, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half-century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

Recruiting from a wide variety of sources - in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology - she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations - and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards.

All Joy and No Fun makes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. By focusing on parenthood, rather than parenting, the book is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today - and tomorrow.

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Salted with insights and epigrams, the book is argued with bracing honesty and flashes of authentic wisdom . . . [an] excellent book ( New York Times Book Review)

[An] astute book . . . clear and helpful . . . refreshing . . . an eye opening debut, and it will help a lot of parents feel less alone, if not less frazzled ( New York Times)

A quick, lively read . . . [Senior's] carefully observed case studies of modern families read like scenes from novels ( San Francisco Chronicle)

A richly woven, entertaining, enlightening, wrenching and funny book ( Washington Post)

Senior's wise compassion provides guidance that's both necessary and inspiring ( Boston Globe)

The hit of the season . . . Every few pages, there's another terrifyingly believable research finding ( Sydney Morning Herald)

If you're a parent in the year 2014, you have to get your hands on a copy of this book. Wise, engrossing, and so real that I fear perhaps Jennifer Senior has been spying inside my house, All Joy and No Fun is a must-read for those of us whose lives have been immeasurably enriched and logistically derailed by having kids (Curtis Sittenfeld, author of PREP)

A lovely, thoughtful book, written in a generous spirit and with a piercing intelligence. Jennifer Senior manages to mix unflinching social commentary with a warm and compassionate voice (Susan Cain, author of QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT WON'T STOP TALKING)

An indispensable map for a journey that most of us take without one. Brilliant, funny and brimming with insight... an important book that every parent should read, and then read again. Jennifer Senior is surely one of the best writers on the planet (Daniel Gilbert, author of STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS)

Always generous in tone, Senior is a keen observer of the impact children have on their parents' marriages, mental health, work, and social lives, and she makes deft use of social-science research to tease out cultural shifts ( New Yorker)

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Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. In All Joy and No Fun, Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the effects of children on their parents?

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