(Orange, Texas)

May 5, 2013

Book Review: Homeward Bound

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Getting back to basics.

More and more today terms such as ‘getting back to the basics’, ‘doing it like grandma would’, ‘living a simpler life’ are heard. This movement is part of the New Domesticity movement across the country.

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar explores the reasons why and lessons one can learn from this movement.

Matchar noticed women leaving the workforce and taking up knitting needles and questioned why. Exploring the reasons during interviews inspired writing the book.

The manuscript is very informative and eye opening to the views of society today as the nation faces uncertainty due to the economy. The book is a must for mothers, old, young, and in between. It is defining the new feminist. The woman who chooses to stay at home and raise her children with the Attachment Parenting, the couple that gives up careers to start a farm, a young man whose goal is to live off the grid, all a part of our society today. Some would be called doomsday preppers, some would be called living green, locavore, but whatever the label, it is happening at all levels of society.

This is a book well worth reading and discussing.

Matchar takes a long, hard look at both the inspiring appeal and the potential dangers of what she calls the New Domesticity, and examines the far-ranging consequences of this trend, and what it means for women, men, families, and society at large.  

The New Domesticity is not grandmother’s homemaking, it is an outcry for changes that need to be made. The idea that change begins at home is taking on a new meaning with the New Domesticity.

I encourage everyone to read this book.

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, 272 pages, is published by Simon & Schuster, will be released May 7, 2013.