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Maxed Out Audiobook

Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

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Publisher's Summary

Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia - followed by medication, meditation, and therapy - began.

Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husband, a supportive boss, three healthy kids, and a good income, was unable to manage the demands of having a career and a family. Over time, she realized that she wasn't alone. As she questioned other working moms, she realized that many women were struggling to do it all, crashing, and feeling as if they were somehow failing as a result.

Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women's health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about "having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after.

Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

©2013 Katrina Alcorn (P)2013 Katrina Alcorn

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    jeanette 09-20-15
    jeanette 09-20-15
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    "Best book for working mothers"
    What did you love best about Maxed Out?

    The book made me feel less alone and empowered as a working mother trying to do it all .
    It is not a simple self help book- more of a guide to understand the demands of mother motherhood. I so happy that this book was written.


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    LMW 06-20-15
    LMW 06-20-15
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    "PUT EVERYTHING I FEEL INTO WORDS!!!"
    Would you listen to Maxed Out again? Why?

    This deeply honest book details like no other the emotional toll that working mothers feel. It very honestly confronts the physical, mental, and emotional impact that American working moms experience while trying to parent and provide financial stability for her family. The book details not only the author's experience which is shared by many women, but also analyzes the dysfunctional social construct that has created the situation in America.


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    M. Gage 04-16-15
    M. Gage 04-16-15
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    "A must read/listen for working moms"

    You are not alone.

    It's like she was living my life. Great story, true-to-life, & not an unrealistic self-helper.

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    Janna Cawrse Esarey 04-10-15

    Happily Even After

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    "AMAZING: compelling, well-reasoned, well-written"

    Should be required reading for: working mothers, working fathers, SAHMs, stay-at-home-dads, expectant parents, people considering starting a family, single co-workers, bosses, grandparents, politicians, the president. This describes the experience of a well-paid professional family. Just imagine how it plays out in a working class family. Acorn's brave story--and others like it--are changing the world.

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    Lauren 02-13-15
    Lauren 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "raises good points but it's way too dramatic a"

    I thought I would love this book. I thought the author had some really valid arguments. She definitely relates to working moms and the stress that we can feel however the amount of dramatic emphasis on daily life was too much for me this book caused me anxiety that I don't normally feel. I also think that the author could have some things up a little quicker than she did there was too much description and synonyms all throughout the story that could have been avoided her story was good but it dragged out on and on and on I would not recommend this book to working moms

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    C. Lindsey 01-27-15
    C. Lindsey 01-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"
    Would you listen to Maxed Out again? Why?

    It was interesting, but didn't really apply to me with children 10 and 13. I was hoping for some more insight on how to not be Maxed Out.


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    Jessica Henderson FELTON, CA, US 08-20-14
    Jessica Henderson FELTON, CA, US 08-20-14
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    "Great Book"
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    This book appealed to me as a working mom. Would recommend to anyone doing too much and feeling overwhelmed.

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    Kelly S. 06-06-14
    Kelly S. 06-06-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Maxed Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In general, I love audiobooks. I especially love them when they're read by the author. And now with this partnership with amazon (and the audible.com app), the audiobook picks up right where I leave off with the book on my Kindle. So Katrina Alcorn read her awesome book to me in the car, picking up the story where I stopped reading the night before. I love it, since I don't have hours to sit and read quietly (sigh - someday)!


    Any additional comments?

    As for the book itself, it is terrific. Readable and relatable and throughly enjoyable because it made me feel like others are in the same boat, trying to earn a living and raise healthy, happy children and and run a household. And not doing it perfectly and sometimes feeling like a big failure. I love that Katrina shared her story without sugarcoating - it is honestly written and I really, really appreciate that! Highly recommended.

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    Jena 03-10-14
    Jena 03-10-14
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    "Great book, reminds me I'm really not alone."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!!! So many people deal with the same issues - too much pressure and not enough time. We all need to remember we're all doing the best we can.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I felt like she was talking about my life.


    What does Katrina Alcorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her direct feelings about what she went through was apparent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely BOTH - laughing a little, crying a lot ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a little slowly narrated, I was able to put it on 1.25 speed most of the time.

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    Karen Germiston, South Africa 01-02-14
    Karen Germiston, South Africa 01-02-14 Member Since 2015

    Mother, wife, avid reader - certified Audible Addict.

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    "Any working mother will be able to relate"
    What did you love best about Maxed Out?

    I loved Katrina's tenacity and drive and ultimately her humanity and fragility


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Apart from the obvious, Katrina, her husband is a model for support and understanding, she is a very lucky lady.


    What does Katrina Alcorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt her emotions through her words, it just made the experience more authentic and real


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Katrina kept on trying and working, she kept trying different scenarios, she didn't just 'give in or give up'


    Any additional comments?

    a lovely story about a very strong and brave lady

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