There is a lot of chatter in magazines and on television about off ramps and on ramps, decreased earning power, increased competition, too much re-adjustment, too little flexibility, no jobs, no hope – nothing to look forward to. Women used to be told that once we got off the career track we couldn’t get back on. In The Comeback, Emma Keller proves that this isn’t
true: women can have it all—not just all at once.
More and more companies today are looking at the value of hiring returning mothers. Keller sought out seven very different and equally compelling women who worked at careers before and in the early days of marriage. Sometimes they continued to work, as they had their first or second child, sometimes not. With all of them there came a moment – unplanned – where they decided not to work but to become fulltime stay-at-homes. And at the other end of the road was an equal moment when they decided it was time for them to start thinking about going back. Their stories are complicated, filled with the choices, decisions and trade-offs that all mothers face. They all ended up with some kind of the balance that we all strive for as we juggle work and families. Only their balance was achieved over a longer period of time than a working week. In the end they proved the underlying thesis that you can have it all but not all at once
A hugely engaging blend of story, insight, advice and inspiration, The Comeback offers a positive message to mothers battered by the ever-changing winds of the work v. home debate.
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The Lady: Life and Times of Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela was the fourth daughter of a prosperous family in the Transkei. Emma Gilbey traced her childhood, her growing political involvement, her marriage to Nelson Mandela in 1959, and the subsequent story of protest, of jails, of banning, of Soweto life – and of the formation of Mandela United. The Mandelas were together for less than a year when Nelson was imprisoned and Winnie’s true political life began. She was eventually to be convicted of authorizing kidnapping and abduction, and as an accessory to crimes of violence. Emma Gilbey, who had written for the Spectator, New Yorker, New York Times, Independent, Guardian and Sunday Telegraph, and covered Winnie’s trial for the Johannesburg Weekly Mail, approached her task with due sobriety, presenting the evidence from all sides and comparing the conflicting versions of very complex events. Emma Gilbey’s book is a fascinating examination of the events which most damaged Winnie’s reputation and led some to cynically change her Mother of Africa title to Mugger of Africa. buy now »