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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

by Amy Chua

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a treatise on parenting, a realistic and sometimes harsh portrait of what we as parents can choose to do in order to create “successful” children. Our author, Amy Chua, is the daughter of Chinese parents, and she wholeheartedly subscribes to the rote, obedience-based, sometimes-tyrannical model of Chinese Parenting. The book takes us through her life as the parent of two incredibly talented daughters, Sophia and Lulu.

Living in America as they do, Sophia and Lulu are very aware of how different their mother’s standards are compared to those of their peers’ parents. And, frankly, so is our author. She is brutally honest about how her methods differ from what she terms “Western Parenting,” but the truth is, she gets results. Her daughters have some incredible opportunities because their mother pushes them so (very very) hard.

Fast moving and very readable, this book really did make me think — about why I do things the way I do and how maybe the Chinese way does have some merit. Granted, some stories she tells are SERIOUSLY over the top, bordering on what we would probably call abusive. Yet I really appreciated how Chua doesn’t sugar-coat anything. I think her style of narrative, both engaging and humorous, made me try to understand her, and while I certainly don’t agree with a lot of what she did, I really liked reading about it.

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— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

One Response to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

  1. […] I think I’m noticing a trend in recent parenting books: comparing parenting in America to parenting elsewhere. Bringing Up Bébé definitely fits this trend; another one that comes to mind is Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. […]

  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
  • by Amy Chua
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Nonfiction
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