I’m writing a nonfiction book! It’s called Homeward Bound: The New Cult of Domesticity, and it will be published by Free Press at Simon & Schuster in 2013 (2013!).
The book is a look at the social movement I call ‘New Domesticity’ – the fascination with reviving “lost” domestic arts like canning, bread-baking, knitting, chicken-raising, etc. Why are women of my generation, the daughters of post-Betty Friedan feminists, embracing the domestic tasks that our mothers and grandmothers so eagerly shrugged off? Why has the image of the blissfully domestic supermom overtaken the Sex & the City-style single urban careerist as the media’s feminine ideal? Where does this movement come from? What does it mean for women? For families? For society?
Any and all opinions are most welcome. If you’re a knitter, a mom blogger, a banker-turned-baker, a neo-homesteader – or if you simply have an opinion about women and domesticity – I’d love to hear from you!