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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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    Amazon Customer 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent"

    Took a long time to get to what I was really wanting to hear (how to fix yourself after you reach the maxed out point), and not much time spent on a solution. Overall it was very relatable & comforting to know I am not alone in this struggle.

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    Marz North Dakota 03-15-17
    Marz North Dakota 03-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Glad I stumbled upon this book"

    Must read for any working parent, moms or dads. You are not alone! Thank you Katrina!

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    Chelsie 06-28-16
    Chelsie 06-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A story about my life"

    This book is absolutely amazing. Listening to her life experiences made me feel like I wasn't alone. I've have and am currently facing the same struggles of work and family life. It's so refreshing to listen to how another mom faced adversities and to know there is light at the end of the tunnel. I recommend this to anyone raising kids that is struggling to balance their life.

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    Tol Dogg 04-15-16
    Tol Dogg 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "just what I needed to hear!"

    Great read. loved all the scenaruos, examples and explanations. I could relate to a lot of this!

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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

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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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    CuzImHappy 02-13-15
    CuzImHappy 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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