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Maxed Out,9781580055239

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 8/28/2013
Publisher(s): Da Capo Press
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Winner of a Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award

Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia—followed by medication, meditation, and therapy—began.

Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husband, a supportive boss, three healthy kids, and a good income, was unable to manage the demands of having a career and a family. Over time, she realized that she wasn’t alone; many women were struggling to do it all—and feeling as if they were somehow failing as a result.

Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women’s health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about “having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

Author Biography

Katrina Alcorn is a blogger and an experienced design consultant. She writes about the perils of working and raising children on, as well as on The Huffington Post, MomsRising, and other prominent blogs. Alcorn holds a master’s degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking from UC Berkeley. In her early journalism career, she worked as an associate producer for Livelyhood, a PBS documentary series about the changing nature of work. She also wrote for newspapers and magazines in California and Hawaii (including The San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Advertiser, and HONOLULU Magazine). Since 1999, Alcorn’s day job has been leading design projects with corporations in a variety of industries—including financial services, education, high-tech, the non-profit sector, and life sciences—to help them put technology in the service of people. This work has given her an insider’s glimpse into dozens of companies, from Fortune 500s to small startups, and she has spoken at more than a dozen design conferences internationally. After being an employee at two leading web consulting agencies, Alcorn is now happily self-employed through her own company, Studio Sungo. She lives in Oakland, CA, with her husband, stepdaughter, and two children.

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