In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The
Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media-fed notion
of what it means to be a "good mother." This collection of
essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a
platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to
the narrative of motherhood we don't tend to see in the
headlines or on the news.
From tales of mind-bending, panic-inducing overwhelm
to a reflection on using weed instead of wine to deal with
the terrible twos, the honesty of the essays creates a
community of mothers who refuse to feel like they're in
competition with others, or with the notion of the ideal
mom--they're just trying to find a way to make it work.
With a foreword by Christy Turlington Burns, this
remarkable collection seeks to debunk the myth and offer
some honesty about what it means to be a mother.
Candace Walsh and Victoria Rodrigues, both contributors to The Good
Mother Myth, will read from the book, discuss writing
about motherhood and the challenges of being a writer
and a mother, and lead writing exercises designed
around this theme.
Candace Walsh is the author of Licking the Spoon: a Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity. She is also the co-editor, with Laura André, of Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women, a Lambda Literary Award finalist; and the editor of Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On. She is the managing editor of New Mexico Magazine and was the features editor at Mothering magazine. Her articles, essays, and poems have been published in various national publications, the Huffington Post, and in the anthologies Here Come the Brides and The Dressing Room. She recently served as faculty at the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat.
Victoria Brooke Rodrigues is a librarian and a writer for The New Mexico Mercury, and a former contributor to OffbeatFamilies.com. She has two sons, a husband, and a suburban micro-homestead in Albuquerque.