Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids
Picador, 2016 (2015)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his collection of essays broadens the discussion that centers on whether children are a requirement for a fulfilling life. Sixteen individuals explain why they opted out of parenthood in the essays brought together here by Meghan Daum.
he core message of this book, explains Daum, is '
that parenthood is not and moreover should not be for everyone
he thirteen women and three men, who are all professional writers, share their views and represent a range of generations, geographical areas, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
he list of contributors includes Rosemary Mahoney, Paul Lisicky, M.G. Lord, Pam Houston, Courtney Hodell and Geoff Dyer. Their candid and honest comments on electing out of parenthood are as thoughtfully provocative as they are courageous and, at times, controversial.
hey also dispel the common myth that those who willfully elect to remain childless are selfish, shallow, or self-absorbed.
aum ends the book's introduction by writing that she hopes the reader will find these narratives '
captivating, exasperating, entertaining, and enlightening
'. She needn't worry, for these are certainly some of the responses those who pick up this book will use to describe it.
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