Being a mother, unlike almost any other state of being, sheds a harsh light on the conflict between the personal and the political. It is the locus of tension for many women who cut short their careers and suffer financially or soldier up the career ladder and feel guilty for missing out on their children’s lives. Glaser’s book is a tonic to our overly anxious and neurotic world of Twitter spats and clickbait headlines. Motherhood is full of up-to-date research and insight. Reading it is like talking to your super-smart and very sensible best friend who has the facts at her fingertips. My childrearing days are long gone, but I wish I’d had this book when I was in the thick of it. I might have managed a few more nights of sleep — and. as any mother knows, this is a high compliment indeed.