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She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood

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After ten years of talking about children, two years of trying (and failing) to conceive, and one shot of donor sperm for her partner, Amie Miller was about to become a mother. Or something like that.

Over the next nine months, as her partner became the biological mom-to-be, Miller became . . . what? Mommy's little helper? A faux dad?

As a midwestern, station wagon-driving, stay-at-home mom—and as a nonbiological lesbian mother—Miller both defines and defies the norm. Like new parents everywhere, she wrestled with the anxieties and challenges of first-time parenthood-including neurotic convictions that her child was chronically ill and the muddled confusion of sleeplessness. But unlike most mothers, she experienced pregnancy and birth only vicariously. Unlike biological parents, she had to stand before a judge to adopt her own daughter. And unlike most straight parents, she wondered how to respond when strangers gushed, "I bet Daddy's proud," or "She has your eyes."

Miller began searching for a role that would fit her experience, somewhere in the unexplored zone between mother and father, gay and straight. Sometimes she felt like a dad in drag, other times like a lesbian June Cleaver. Through it all, she and her partner became something new—even as the presence of a baby rattled the bones of their eighteen-year relationship.

Part love story, part comedy, part quest, Miller's candid and often humorous memoir is a much-needed cultural roadmap to what it means to become a parent, even when the usual categories do not fit.

About the Author

Amie Klempnauer Miller is a frequent speaker about gay and lesbian families, and her writing has appeared on Salon, in Brain, Child and Greater Good magazines, and elsewhere. Miller works as a development con­sultant to the public media industry and lives with her partner and daughter in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807004692
Subtitle:
A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood
Author:
Miller, Amie Klempnauer
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Gender identity -- United States.
Subject:
Lesbian mothers -- United States.
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Alternative Family
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100501
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.74x6.10x.90 in. 1.03 lbs.

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