Eat, pray, love? Try cook, clean, burn. This Manic Mama talks to Barbara Stewart about her book Campie, a true life account of what happens when a person is pushed to the edge - literally. When it all goes south, you can always go north.

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Twenty Years and One Little Boy Later by Anne Neville

At 19, I read Adrienne Rich as she struggled to put into words the isolation and terror of being the solo parent of small children all day. I saw her essays as the record of a historical moment, the cusp of change between an era of rigid gender roles and frustrated housewives, and my own time of working mothers and egalitarian divisions of parenting labor. I treasured her insights into how destructive the old system could be to the spirit of mother and child alike.

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