Reviews of Homeward Bound

“3.5 out of 4 stars” - People Magazine                                                               “The brilliance of Emily Matchar’s new book is that it exhaustively describes what disillusioned workers are opting into: a slower, more sustainable, and more self-sufficient lifestyle that’s focused on the home. Matchar synthesizes dozens of trend stories … into a single, compelling narrative about the resurgence of domesticity….Refreshing.” -The New Republic                                                       "[P]rovocatively explores what the movement says about the role of women in society today.” – The New Yorker                                                                       "I unreservedly loved it…It’s empathetic and funny and thoughtful and smart, and I encourage all of you to read it."– The Hairpin                                                         “Cogently argues that choosing a more hands-on, DIY lifestyle – family farming, canning, crafting, can, without sacrificing feminism’s hard-won gains, improve on an earlier time when ‘people lived more lightly on the earth and relied less on corporations, and family and community came first.’” - ELLE                                                               “[I]ntelligent and insightful...essential reading.” - Christianity Today                                                       “A lively and perceptive reporter… a valuable and astute assessment.”—Publishers Weekly                                                         “A well-researched look at the resurgence of home life…. Offers intriguing insight into the renaissance of old-fashioned home traditions.”— Kirkus Reviews

What is New Domesticity?

This blog 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?                                                                                     My book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, which explores New Domesticity in greater depth, will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2013.

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Research road trip! Any interviewees out there?

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I’m going to be heading up the Eastern seaboard in a few weeks to do some interviewing in NYC and upstate New York. I’ll be meeting with neo-homesteaders, crafters, domestic bloggers, food activists and other New Domesticity types – I’m really looking forward to hearing more people’s stories face-to-face. Since I’ll be driving, I’m hoping to also make stops up and down the East coast to talk to as many people as possible.

So, my question is this: are there any of you out there who live on the East Coast between NC and upstate New York, who have an opinion about New Domesticity and would be willing to be interviewed? Are you a homesteader? A knitter? A craftivist? A modern homemaker/hipster housewife/domestic goddess? A homeschooling mom? A natural parenting activist? If so, I’d love to talk to you!

Also – looks like I’ll be in Chicago later in November, and will be looking for Windy City ladies to interview as well.

(Note: the photo is of Bertha Benz, the first person to ever make a long distance road trip in a car (yes, that’s a car), back in 1888. History!)

5 comments to Research road trip! Any interviewees out there?

  • I know some folks in Western Massachusetts who might interest you. Email if you want to know more.

  • Hi! I’m a food blogger with a twist: my beat is Moscow, Russia. My blog is for baffled expats who come to a large, slightly hostile city. I try to make it easy for them to be cooks and domestic goddesses. My other home is in Northampton, MA where I will be from November 17th — Jan 5. Happy to discuss. I like your work and it would be interesting to exchange ideas.
    Jennifer Eremeeva
    The Moscovore

  • I’m in coastal VA…I’m not sure what I’d really call myself– frustrated SAHM? Kitchen witch on a budget? Amateur herbalist? Neo-Victorian Naturalist? Occasional urban forager? Kid toting beach-combing addict? Procrastinating crafter?

    …maybe a bit of all of the above!

  • I’m in Brooklyn NY. A fellow Harvard alum, mother of two, video blogger, and serious home cook. Hit me up if you roll through. Look forward to your book.

  • I just came across this post, as I share your interest in the new domesticity. I don’t live in the area, but I will be in NYC/New Haven, CT area for a few days around the weekend of Nov. 18. I’m a former careerist who is now a housewife who just had five kids in six years (no twins!), if that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for. :)

    Best of luck with your interviews, and I look forward to reading your book!