• Paperback: 272 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (April 30, 2013)
Kim Wong Keltner is a Tiger Baby all grown up with a daughter of her own . . . but is she a Tiger Mother? Heck, no. This book describes—in hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking, detail—exactly why not.
A battle hymn for every non-Tiger offspring of Tiger parents, Tiger Babies Strike Back examines why generations of kids have been made to feel inferior, isolated, suffocated, and humiliated in dogged pursuit of one goal: making their elders look good. In search of answers, Keltner delves into her own childhood, family history, and community traditions to expose the seamy underbelly of perfectionistic parenting. Can the Tiger-parented take back their emotional lives and love their own kids unconditionally? Keltner herself is living, hugging, fabulously flawed, Care Bear tea-party-throwing proof that they can.
Traversing the choppy seas of American and Chinese traditions, Keltner dives into the difficulties facing women today—Chinese American and otherwise. At once deeply relevant and playfully honest, Tiger Babies Strike Back combines personal anecdotes and tough love advice for a humorous, provocative look at how our families shape—and sometimes shake—our personal foundations.
The only thing that keeps Kim Wong Keltner from writing is when she’s trapped under an avalanche of her daughter’s stuffed animals. Kim is the author of The Dim Sum of All Things, Buddha Baby, and I Want Candy. Tiger Babies Strike Back is her first work of non-fiction. She can be contacted at kimwongkeltner.com
Kim’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, April 30th: Book Dilettante
Wednesday, May 1st: Susan Heim on Parenting
Monday, May 6th: Dreaming in Books
Wednesday, May 8th: guiltless reading
Monday, May 13th: Book Club Classics!
Wednesday, May 15th: Book Hooked Blog
Wednesday, May 22nd: Overstuffed
Monday, May 27th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Wednesday, May 29th: Suko’s Notebook
Thursday, June 6th: Family Volley