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AuthorPamela Paul
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Number of Pages328
Date PublishedApril 1, 2008
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A leading social critic goes inside the billion-dollar baby business to expose the marketing and the myths, helping parents determine what’s worth their money—and what’s a waste


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Reason for Reading

Paul’s book leads the way for every parent who wants to escape the spiral of fear, guilt, competition, and consumption that characterizes modern American parenthood.

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"An entire industry preys on parental anxiety… Paul nicely dismantles the claim [and] tries to lead us out of the catastrophization of childhood."—The New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating…  Paul shows how companies selling everything from infant movement monitors to education DVDs have built a booming business convincing parents they cannot trust their children’s safety or well-being to themselves."—Reuters

"[Parenting, Inc.] offers the reader a distilled version of the parenting products and services that are truly useful, as opposed to those that prey on our fears."—Cookie magazine

"Paul has cleverly identified this subset of our consumer culture run wild... Perform[s] a useful service, debunking the most absurd of the baby-marketers’ claims."—New York Observer

"Sing it, sister Pamela! At last, a baby-book trend even a father can dig."—The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"An absorbing examination of the commercialization of parenting."—The Guardian (London)

"Through interviews... Paul helps consumers figure out for themselves just what items they need and which ones are a complete waste of money. Her book is part investigative journey, part resource manual." —The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)

"Paul… looks closely at the nonstop spending spree associated with parenting (designer shoes for newborns, anyone?) and offers a sobering critique of the combined industries she dubs "Big Baby.""—Time Out New York Kids

"Paul’s journey through the maze [of marketing] is frightening and, frankly, a bit embarrassing. Her conclusions champion restraint."—Courier-Journal(Louisville)

"A meticulously researched piece of cultural criticism… Parenting, Inc. just might reassure [parents]."—St. Petersburg Times

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