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Firstly, I will say that this is a truly thought provoking book. The crux of Bennett's book is concerned with the recent trend of highly educated women deferring (and perhaps unknowingly derailing) their careers to devote themselves full time to motherhood. She stridently argues that a woman's decision to place her entire financial future into the hands of her husband is a recipe for personal disaster, and interviews a host of women who can attest to the havoc the loss of a spouse's job, or the breakup of a seemingly happy marrriage has wreaked on their lives. She interviews women who had intended to re-enter the job market once their children were of advanced school age, only to find that their resumes and skill sets are too outdated to be competitive with their peers. All frightening and probably real stuff, which made me feel pretty good about my own decision to keep one foot firmly planted in the professional realm whilst raising my own son. That said, this book is assuredly not an unbiased study of the economics behind the single income family. Absent among the voices in Bennett's book are women who made the choice to stay home with their children, and bore absolutely no regrets or women who found a way to reinvent their careers after taking time off. Also absent are women of color or women of a disadvantaged socioeconomic level, for whom the decision to work must be balanced with the very real problem of the high price of childcare. I found Bennett's own discussion of her own decision to keep working in her chosen field of journalism interesting, but at times, a bit self-serving. Her zealous castigation of the stay at home mom also, at times, seemed to reveal a bit of compensatory guilt on her part. Regardless of her biases, I do think Bennett's book is an important contribution to any new mom's (or mom to be's) library.