Mother Knows Best?

New to homeschooling, an angsty parent tells all

Midway through Quinn Cummings' new book about her adventures as a homeschooling parent, the former child actress in Los Angeles becomes obsessed with fundamentalist bloggers and "their sublime self-confidence" about educating their children at home. To get a closer look, she hops on a plane--without her "usual airline companions, Countess Valium or Lady Vodka Tonic"--and drives a couple of hours to a fundamentalist homeschooling convention. She tries to blend in with the other attendees by wearing a modest, below-the-knee skirt. As she scans the books for sale (How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, Cutting Your...

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