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June 15, 2011

Book review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

TITLE: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Author: Amy Chua

I picked up this book because they did an episode on it on The Agenda on TVO. It intrigued me. It seemed to play into stereotypes about Asian families and it made me curious as it's written by a Chinese-American parent.

The book chronicles the way in which Amy Chua parents her two daughters Sophia and Lulu. It is heartwrenching at times and absolutely jaw-dropping appalling at others. It's a great book and I think most mothers would appreciate reading it. You can tell that the author is humbled by her daughters but you can also watch a train-wreck happening when she is demanding. It is unbelievable how much time the author put into shaping and molding her kids--and all the additional stress she put on herself and her family.

It is full of lessons and is a good read.

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