Audiobook Club Selection: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Selection for Jul - Sep
Author: 
Amy Chua
Narrator: 
Amy Chua

Open Book Audio's Book Club Selection for July, August, and September will be  Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, written and read by Amy Chua

From Audible.com: An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards - and the costs - of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way - the Chinese way - and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin. Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene: "According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing: 1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse. 2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality. 3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices - the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons - the depth of her love for her children becomes clear.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting - and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

If you'd like to join us for the audiobook club, listen to the audiobook, then come back to this page to leave your comments or thoughts on the book (warning...don't read the comments if you're not into spoilers!).  You can also send us your thoughts by using the "Contact Us" link above, or by emailing your review to info (at) openbookaudio dot com. We will discuss the book on the October Podcast, so make sure to have your entries to us by no later than Oct 1 if you want to be added to the discussion.

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