On our summer bucket list you’ll find “Read a book that inspires you.”
When we were contacted to review a new book, we didn’t really know if this book would in fact “inspire” us. But we both enthusiastically agreed to the book review (these two nerdbombers can’t refuse a new read)
Luckily, Emily Matchar’s Homeward Bound was indeed inspiring and interesting. When we first dove in, we were a little nervous that it would be a little too academic…like taking “Women’s Studies 101”. Been there, done that.
Much to our surprise, this book teetered on the edge of intriguing, interesting, informative, eye-opening, and yes even a little academic, ALL while still keeping us wanting more. More real life stories, more trends in domestic bliss, more inspiration on chasing your own dreams… more, more more! How Ms. Matchar can pull this off, we’ll never know. But she did! Homeward Bound motivated, and yes, even INSPIRED us to reflect on our own work/home balance.
“New Domesticity” is what Matchar calls the new trend of women embracing DIY activities, such as canning jam, growing vegetables, sewing quilts, and homeschooling their children. This new passion for homemaking is sweeping the nation as young, qualified, professional women (& some men) leave the corporate life to stay at home, start blogs, and perhaps sell their crafts on Etsy instead.
Throughout the book, Matchar introduces the reader to many educated women who have left high-profile, well-paid gigs to fully embrace this idea of new domesticity. Why the change of heart? What are their lives like now? Are they truly fulfilled staying at home everyday?
We found ourselves nodding in agreement with Matchar many times throughout her book. A decade ago, a 20-something gal measured success with a fabulous job and weekends spent shopping and ordering takeout. But now you’re more likely to find those same twenty-somethings admiring homemaking blogs, baking a new recipe found on Pinterest, and spending nights in with girlfriends crafting. (we’re guilty of all of the above!)
The economy may have something to do with these new found hobbies. Many young women are forced to take low-paying jobs where they’re overworked, and their hard work is rarely acknowledged. A life in the country, with home-cooked meals, and days spent outdoors sounds almost dream-like compared to the corporate grind.
But if all of these educated women are leaving work for home…what happens to the workplace? What happens to gender equality? Is this new trend sexist or liberating? Matchar thoroughly examines all sides and potential outcomes of this phenomenon.
Do you know anyone that is chasing the idea of “New Domesticity”? Do you ever find yourself day-dreaming of trading your professional responsibilities in the workplace for a full time domesticated role at home? Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you had enough time to grow a fresh garden, harvest the fruits of your labors, create all natural recipes, leave a smaller carbon footprint, and have more control over your home, the products you use, the food you eat? Do you think you’d be happier? More fulfilled? Less stressed?
If you so much as hesitated at any one of these questions, we suggest you add Homeward Bound to your Summer Bucket List.
And the best part of this little review? We have 2 FREE copies up for grabs! Here are the details…
PRIZE: One copy of Homeward Bound.
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If you want to order your own copy of the book, you can find it right here on Amazon. To learn more about the author (she seems like a pretty awesome chick…we kinda want to be her BFF) you can check out her blog here.
Happy Reading Domestic Divas! Let us know what you think.