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Conversations About Motherhood

By kerryclare
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Two years ago, The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood was published, a book that broadened our understanding about motherhood and womanhood. And extra-textually, The M Word has been part of a larger conversation about motherhood. Here are some other excellent books that have been contributing to that conversation as well.
The M Word

The M Word

Conversations about Motherhood
edited by Kerry Clare
edition:eBook
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Why it's on the list ...
In the Fall 2014 issue of Herizons, Deborah Ostrovsky writes, “There is a strong Canadian tradition of public discourse on motherhood, from the late journalist June Callwood’s interviews with unwed teenaged mothers to Marni Jackson’s memoirs, and anthologies like Double Lives and Between Interruptions. The M Word adds 25 thoughtful voices the mix… You won’t keep this book; you’ll pass it on to friends whose current vocation is changing diapers, or to friends who want a child, and those who don’t.”
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One Kind Word

One Kind Word

Women Share their Abortion Experiences
edited by Martha Solomon
foreword by Judy Rebick & Jillian Bardsley
photographs by Kathryn Palmateer
edition:eBook
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Why it's on the list ...
I love this gutsy, gorgeous book of women telling stories of their abortions and their lives. The stories are as various as the women themselves. Three cheers for nuance.
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How to Expect What You're Not Expecting

How to Expect What You're Not Expecting

Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Loss
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Why it's on the list ...
It is wonderful to see the full spectrum of parenting experiences being acknowledged after so long of miscarriage, loss and grief having to go unspoken. This anthology features important stories and great writing.
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Double Pregnant

Double Pregnant

Two Lesbians Make a Family
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : gay studies
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Why it's on the list ...
A hilarious, honest and heartrending story of one family's road toward motherhood. This book is excellent in its particularities, but anybody who has built a family by any means will relate to Meisner's experiences.
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Parenting Through The Storm

Parenting Through The Storm

How To Handle The Hights, The Lows A
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Why it's on the list ...
Does anyone give parenting advice quite like Ann Douglas? She doesn't give you a system, instead she gives you options to apply for your particular situation—and assurance that you are not alone. It's a breath of fresh air in a world of baby whisperers and super nannies. She is generous with sharing her own experiences and what she's learned from others in this new book about parenting and mental health.
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How to Get a Girl Pregnant
Why it's on the list ...
There is no closet quite like the infertility closet, and Karleen Pendleton Jiménez busts the door down in this candid, generous memoir.
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Projection

Projection

Encounters with My Runaway Mother
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Why it's on the list ...
Mothers can be all kinds of people, as Priscila Uppal demonstrates in her acclaimed memoir, which is one of the most emotionally gripping books I've ever read. It's also about Blade Runner.
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Know the Night

Know the Night

A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
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Why it's on the list ...
A parenting memoir with a map inside—what an extraordinary thing! I love a book that takes its reader somewhere and in her memoir, Maria Mutch has her reader accompany her into the dark alone places, jazz clubs, the Antarctic, and parenting a child with a disability. It's also a beautiful love story, affirming that all of us have company in aloneness. An amazing work of literature.
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