I read the Harper’s Bazaar article that served as the basis for this book and it really hit home for me. Booklist’s review captures very well the essence of her work: “In September 2017, Hartley wrote an article for Harper’s Bazaar about the invisible maintenance and managerial tasks women are expected to perform in and out of the home. The piece went viral, and here Hartley expands it to consider how instead of remaining a woman’s burden, emotional labor may offer a path to gender equality. Hartley’s prose soars when she shares stories from her own life balancing the responsibilities of a freelance writer, a wife, and Christian mother of three. She acknowledges her husband’s contributions he cooks and does the dishes but observes a profound imbalance in the cultural tendency to give men extra credit for doing such work while women get no credit at all. Children grow up watching their mothers manage the home, and so the gendered cycle continues. Female readers will undoubtedly relate to the many first-person anecdotes of women obliviously or resentfully doing the draining work of emotional labor. But this is a book for men, too. To break the cycle, men need to step up to the plate. And then put it in the dishwasher.” In the unlikely event my wife ever reads this blog, I just want to state for the record that I’m trying to do better!