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Accidentally on Purpose


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Mary F. Pols is a longtime movie critic and freelance journalist based in northern California. She has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Self, and Gourmet, and her film criticism appears regularly online at MSN and Time. A former Knight Fellow at Stanford, she is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


"... a well-written, emotionally honest memoir of Pols' journey to motherhood and increased maturity.... She details with wit and humor her efforts to juggle her many challenges..."--BookPage
"[Pols writes] with humor and grace. . . . It's rare to find such honesty, even in an account so personal. Grade: A-"--Entertainment Weekly
"Bay Area film critic Pols chronicles her unexpected pregnancy and journey into not-quite-single motherhood....A page-turner by someone who stopped waiting for Mr. Perfect."--Kirkus Reviews
"Candid and unaffected, Pols provides an important lesson about not being willing to compromise herself, and that being brave can bring the richest rewards."--Publishers Weekly
"Her writing is mesmerizing and lyrical. I laughed and cried and shook my head at some of her choices, but I rooted for her and her son the whole way."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Sharp, witty and slightly self-deprecating, she alternates clever, camera-ready one-liners with intense self-revelations about parents, children, love and family...."--San Francisco Chronicle

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