Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct

Category: Book
By (author): Tucker, Abigail
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: April 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in x 0.84in
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From The Publisher*From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lion in the Living Room comes a fascinating and provocative exploration of the biology of motherhood that "is witty, reassuring, and takes motherhood out of the footnotes and places it front and center-where it belongs" (Louann Brizendine, MD, New York Times bestselling author).

Everyone knows how babies are made, but scientists are only just beginning to understand the making of a mother. Mom Genes reveals the hard science behind our tenderest maternal impulses, tackling questions such as why mothers are destined to mimic their own moms (or not), how maternal aggression makes females the world's most formidable creatures, and how a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic can make or break a mom.

Weaving the latest research with Abigail Tucker's personal experiences, Mom Genes "is an eye-opening tour through the biology and psychology of a role that is at once utterly ordinary and wondrously strange" (Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins).
Review Quote*"This is a fascinating book….Her stories about her own parenting misadventures, including her emergency C-section and a bout with postpartum depression, helpfully illustrate the role context plays in our experience of parenthood."
-The Wall Street Journal
Review Quote*"[Tucker's] ability to break down complex topics and conflicting research is formidable… Mom Genes is a book for the many mothers within-and those willing to see them in a new light."
-The Washington Post
Review Quote*Tucker climbed that mountain of inconclusive science about how humans succeed at the terrifying and ancient task of mothering only to find the answers closer to home… [Readers will] see that an intriguing subject - the author herself - awaits you."
-New York Times Book Review
Review Quote*"Tucker's enthusiasm radiates on every page, and her dive in to the wacky world of motherhood is fascinating."
-Discover Magazine
Review Quote*"Meticulously researched and well-documented, Mom Genes is one part memoir (Tucker intersperses her own experiences as a white mother of four children), and one part incredibly readable popular science… Richly entertaining, filled with humor, and deeply informative, this engaging book is recommended for mothers, potential mothers, and anyone who has ever known a mother."
-Library Journal, starred review
Review Quote*"Using clever, colorful, figurative language and a warm, conversational tone, Tucker documents the complex challenges women who become mothers face."
Review Quote*"Tucker has a knack for making complex science accessible, and she encouragingly touts the importance of mothers having a support system… Moms-to-be in search of a straightforward look at the changes ahead will find this a good place to start."
-Publisher's Weekly
Review Quote*"Tucker is a consistently energetic guide, and she doesn't shy away from discussing ‘the dangerous and opaque mental problems that hound moms.' In a particularly vibrant chapter, the author explores the countless deleterious effects of poverty and how American society continually fails to provide the support that mothers deserve. Filling in the gaps and moving the story forward are Tucker's personal observations-she is the mother of four-and the ups and downs of her experiences, many of which will be familiar to mothers of all backgrounds."
-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote* "Shocking and yet somehow reassuring...Whether you're a mom, know a mom (of any species), or ever had a mom (that's pretty much everybody), you are going to want to read this surprising and rigorously-researched book."
-Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus