Small Animals by Kim Brooks

 

Small Animals by Kim Brooks

" In 2011, Kim Brooks left her young son in the car while she ran into a store, and was caught and reported by a stranger.  With this book, she uses her own experience to ask a serious question: how did we arrive at this fear-driven moment in American parenting? And are we doing ourselves and our children more harm than good? Brooks talks to various experts and other parents and does a remarkable job showing not just how certain cultural forces have brought us to be governed by fear, but how fear and judgment are tied to each other.  If you read just one book about parenthood this year... make it this one."  - Recommended by Erika
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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250089557
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 21st, 2018

One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves?

 

Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks’s own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In her signature style—by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating—which has dazzled millions of fans and been called "striking" by New York Times Book Review and "beautiful" by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.