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Buchanan, Andrea

  • By: Heike Henderson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

American author Andrea J. (“Andi”) Buchanan made her first mark on the scene of motherhood writing with her 2003 collection of essays, Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It. She subsequently edited three anthologies: It's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons; It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters; and, together with Amy Hudock, Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. Her 2007 collaboration with Miriam Peskowitz, The Daring Book for Girls, became a New York Times best seller and was followed by the publication of two Pocket Daring Books: Things To Do and Wisdom and Wonder.

Expectations versus Gut Feelings

In Mother Shock, Buchanan compares motherhood with a foreign country, where the rhythms of life are different and one is constantly sleep deprived. According ...

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