Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Motherhood The Second Oldest Profession by Erma Bombeck


A look at one of the toughest jobs on earth, from the woman who perfectly captures life’s humor and heart
Anyone who thinks motherhood is easy has never had children. To care for children, a husband, and oneself is a superhuman task, and any woman who appears to be expert at doing all three simultaneously is not Supermom—she’s a good actress. For three decades, Erma Bombeck chronicled motherhood’s daily frustrations and victories. In this classic anthology, she presents all sorts of mothers, and even a stay-at-home dad, on good days and bad. With hilarious anecdotes and deep compassion, she shows that there is no other profession that demands so much, and rewards so highly.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erma Bombeck including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

I remember browsing my grandmother's old magazines and reading Erma Bombeck's witty columns, so I thought this one might be a fun road.

Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession is a collection of essays on motherhood. This includes essays about adoptive mothers, mothers of special children, and stepmothers.

I imagined that this would be a laugh-out-loud sort of book, but even though it wasn't all that funny, it was infinitely more inspiring and thought-provoking than I thought it would be. I think the biggest reason why I didn't laugh as much while reading this book was because of the generation gap. That is, there were references to TV characters and some other things that I can't really relate to. If you're not really interested in comedy and are after the motherhood aspect of the book, then there are definitely a lot of essays you'll like from this book.

A lot of mothers will be able to relate to pretty much everything in this book. It looks at both the nice things and the not-so-nice things about being a mother. Motherhood really is one of those those things that you can't truly appreciate unless you've been there. However, the book's essays comes pretty close to giving us a feel for what it's like to be a mother.

Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road for the e-copy.


  1. It has essays about all kinds of mothers.
  2. You don't have to be a mother to appreciate it.
  3. The message of the stories can stand the test of time.


  1. Some of the pop culture references are no longer relevant today.

If you want to stir up a hornet's nest, just ask mothers, "Who are harder to raise - boys or girls?"

  1. You are a mother.
  2. You want to be a mother someday.
  3. You wonder what life is like for mothers.




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