Moms Don’t Have Time To Have Kids: A Timeless Anthology

Skyhorse. Nov. 2021. 264p. ed. by Zibby Owens. ISBN 9781510766396. pap. $14.99. CHILD REARING
Owens (Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology), a mother of four, collects 50-plus essays on things “moms don’t have time to” do. Each essay was contributed by a guest on Owens’s podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books. The essays are inspired by five things Owens says mothers don’t have time to do: sleep; get sick; have friends; write; and lose weight. Owens herself caught COVID-19 several days before her last anthology launched (underscoring a few of these points). Some contributors lament the combination of remote school and work and the resulting extra schedules to keep track of. Others find themselves struggling with anxiety due to the pandemic, deepening sleep debt as they lie awake worrying about keeping their children and relatives safe. Among the diverse group of essay contributors are cancer survivors, caregivers, Korean immigrants, and LGBTQ+ parents.
VERDICT Parents will relate to this funny, heart-warming collection of essays.
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