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Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink | [Katrina Alcorn]

Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

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.
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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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    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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    Erica 05-06-14
    Erica 05-06-14
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    "OK I Guess"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Maxed Out to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the the print version


    If you’ve listened to books by Katrina Alcorn before, how does this one compare?

    First listen by Katrina Alcorn


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

    She's a good narrator but doesn't really add anything I couldn't get if I had read the print version only because of the type of book it is


    Any additional comments?

    This is an ok book; it’s interesting to hear of another mother’s struggle that’s not in your immediate circle of friends or family. Unfortunately I can’t continue to read it; I’m a little over half way finished. I can’t help but think it’s a bunch of whining from a rather privileged mother. She has great job with a flexible schedule and 6 figure salary, understanding boss, seemingly awesome husband, housekeeper, gardener, healthy kids and etc. Why is she still complaining? Don’t have multiple children if you are losing your mind with one and cut yourself some slack perfection is not required. She’s neurotic and unrealistic with her expectations of being a good mother. She would probably slit her wrist if she had money problems, stripped away the housekeeper, gardener and had a husband that worked outside the home. I can’t sympathize nor relate to this woman in anyway.

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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 2014

    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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    Amit 12-09-13
    Amit 12-09-13
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    "Must read for 'over'-working moms"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Maxed Out to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Katrina's voice over makes her story come out clearly and genuinely


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is true and relevant. Many of us can put ourselves in Katrina's place in many situations.


    Which character – as performed by Katrina Alcorn – was your favorite?

    Katrina!


    Any additional comments?

    The authenticity of Katrina's emotions and experiences as well her extensive and solid research make the book a doubly attractive. At points, I wanted to reach and give Katrina a hug and at others I was teary eyed remembering how I struggled to balance work and home when my kids were little. The thinking part of my brain got stimulated by her research and conclusions. The last part - call to action, motivated me to adopt some action items for my life. I recommend this book to my 'over'-working moms all over.

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    Cassie 12-03-13
    Cassie 12-03-13
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    "So nice to know I am not the only one.."
    Where does Maxed Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I actually listened to the whole book, So this one is TOPS on my list. The story was very relateable and since i am going through the very same emotional roller coaster, the guilt i have been feeling is subsiding and i think i may just make it through this break.


    What about Katrina Alcorn’s performance did you like?

    I felt like i was listening to a friend read to me. Lovely performance!


    If you could give Maxed Out a new subtitle, what would it be?

    All Mom's: NOW READ THIS!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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