Louise Erdrich | Critical Review by Sue Halpern

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SOURCE: "Mother's Day," in New York Time Book Review, April 16, 1995, p. 14.

In the following review, Halpern praises The Blue Jay's Dance for its realistic portrayal of early motherhood.

I recently saw an ad for an instructional CD-ROM on "parenting, prenatal to preschool" whose contents I could only imagine: sage advice from professionals and video clips of children whose exemplary behavior—so different from one's own child's—sells the sequel. Louise Erdrich's first book of nonfiction, The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year, which is about being a parent, is nothing like that. Aside from a few recipes (lemon meringue pie, fennel and chicory salad, anise apples) and bits of painfully gained wisdom (when dealing with a screaming, colicky baby, "I use my most soothing tone of voice to call her names. The tone helps her, the words help me"), the book is delightfully...

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