** Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity  reads, in part, as superficial and not very well structured, hence repetitive, but the subject matter is interesting and the tone  is casual enough to keep the reader entertained. The subject matter is the puzzling return to ultra-domesticity (complete with baby wearing, canning, and compulsive crafting) of many women who seem to have started their lives in a more career-oriented manner. The author nicely highlights the convergence of a poor economy, the unfulfilled search for meaning in the business world,  the current mania for intensive parenting, and our irrational fears about the environment as the factors for this return to the home, and she is not afraid to point out the personal and societal costs of the practice. The stories never rise above the level of smart journalism, but it’s certainly an interesting, if puzzling trend.

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