Mothers Discuss Sarah Palin's 'Going Rogue' on NPR

Doesn't it seem like only men are reviewing the book?

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By Mary Kate Cary, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

I had fun yesterday taping a segment of NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Michel invited me to join two moms who are regulars on the show—Maryland state delegate and Democrat Jolene Ivey, a mother of five; and Mommy Wars author and political independent Leslie Morgan-Steiner, a mother of three—to discuss Sarah Palin's Going Rogue. I was invited because my review of Palin's book is in the current issue U.S. News's digital edition (and will go up the website tomorrow). I'm delivering on my pre-Thanksgiving promise to our readers to read her book and give a moderate Republican mom's reaction to it.

We talked about the book for about an hour, some taped and some not, and about 17 minutes of it will make it on the air. (Of course, on the way home I thought of 10 more things I should have said!) But it doesn't seem like many women are talking or writing about the book, only men, so it was good that NPR brought us all together. I think you'll enjoy the interview, because some of the opinions were surprising and the conversation was very civil—no cable-TV shoutfests here! Here's the link to the program's page if you'd like to listen in. And here's a link to Michel's blog about our Going Rogue discussion. If you've read Sarah Palin's book and have some thoughts on it—whether you're a mom or not—I'd love to hear from you.

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