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Parenting is not the boss of you

Two new books examine why parenting is not nearly as fun as it should be

“MY LIFE HAS MANY MISFORTUNES,” wrote French philosopher Michel de Montaigne in the 16th century, “most of which never happened.” Not coincidentally, Montaigne is also considered the father of the personal essay, which has these 500 years later begotten a populous line of literature: the parenting memoir in which nothing terribly bad happens.

The newest arrival in this family is Kim Brooks’

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