BOOKS

Going Back to Work

This volume offers a fresh perspective in several areas; sections on changing careers and using volunteer jobs as a way of getting a new position are particularly insightful. Furthermore, the solutions are realistic…This is a solid guide that should appeal to mothers who can’t or don’t want to return to their previous careers.

– Publishers Weekly

Women who left their careers to raise children–whether just for the toddler years or until the nest is empty–face employment, economic and emotional challenges when returning to work.   How to explain that big black hole on the resume?  How to find work with flexibility?  Can they play with the big boys and girls again?  Filled with upbeat, encouraging advice, “Going Back”  offers a step-by-step game plan for comeback moms. The authors examine every aspect of the sometimes bumpy path to going back, from deciding what to do “when I grow up” to surviving in the high tech, multi-generational workplace. The book is based on a national survey of 1,000 women and dozens of personal interviews.

The authors found that the number one priority for comeback moms was flexibility, but that employers have yet to wholeheartedly embrace the concept. In their book, Quigley and Kaufman provide the essential tools for negotiating the work women want, and can discuss the hot button issues that arise when grappling with the decision to go back and then launching a comeback.  The authors make the case that a comeback mom is the ideal employee: when given flex time, she’s loyal, she won’t take lunch, and she’ll get the work done in the time she has, because she can take care of her personal life outside of work.  Comeback moms are reinventing work as we know it, and demonstrate that the second time around is often more rewarding for them as well as for their employers.


And What Do You Do?

It’s the question that many wives dread at parties: “And what do you do?”  Yet there are almost 8 million American women who have made the politically incorrect choice to put their careers on hold in order to be the CEO of the family while their husbands work. Through extensive research and dozens of interviews, this stereotype-shattering new book reveals a new generation of stay-at-home women.  They are well-educated, worldly, and highly capable women, aging from late 20’s to mid 50’s, who have lived independently and had careers of their own before deciding to stay home.  For many the decision to leave work is an agonizing one and can be both an emotional stress and a  financial strain. But these women feel content in their professional success and feel adamant that they are needed on the homefront to support children and husband.  They see the transition as an adventure, an opportunity to discover new ways to apply their talents.


Getaway Mom

A summer read that’s both fun and thought provoking, Getaway Mom promises a delightful diversion as an East Coast suburban mom trades places with her West Coast single, 40-something sister.  Yet, the novel explores the choices women make about family and work, and how they cope—or don’t. Sound familiar?

As family therapist and author Dr. Karen Gail Lewis wrote in a review:

Lori Lee is a good story teller; her characters force us to consider what it means to put yourself first, to think about your needs separate from your husband, your children, your mother, your job.  

Lori Lee is the pen name for writing partners Loretta Kaufman and Mary Quigley.