Synopses & Reviews
More and more women are choosing not to let being single stand in the way of becoming a mom. In this honest and often hilarious guide, Louise Sloan shares the details of her own funny and heartbreaking journey to single motherhood-including cyberstalking an anonymous sperm donor, dealing with exploding semen vials, and being mistaken for a horse breeder-as well as the experiences of many other women across the country. Knock Yourself Up offers an inside look at the logistical and legal processes of opting for single motherhood, drawing on the personal stories of women who have done it. Addressing a range of topics such as coping with loneliness, financial struggles, complex reactions of family members, and more, Knock Yourself Up covers the emotional and practical issues and provides the kind of intimate answers you won't find anywhere else to questions like:
- When is the right time to decide to have a baby alone?
- How do I choose the right sperm?
- Is this fair to the kid?
- How do I tell my parents?
- How do I tell my dates?
- What's it like to be pregnant on your own?
- If I do this, will I ever have sex-or a life-again?
Informative and entertaining, Knock Yourself Up is a fun-to-read, up-to-date guide for any woman who is considering taking the baby plunge, with inspiring stories from women who have created happy families on their own.
"A thoroughly engaging and informative book about the decision to become a single mother."
--Cynthia Nixon, Emmy award-winning actress, Sex and the City
"The perfect book for any woman considering single motherhood...You'll feel like you've entered the most amazing support group without ever leaving your home."
--Liz Tucillo, coauthor of He's Just Not That Into You
I knocked myself up 7 years ago-and it's the best thing I ever did. Knock Yourself Up is a rare find-a serious guidebook that's also a great read."
--Camryn Manheim, Emmy-award winning actress
"Title aside, this book is a sober, honest look at the real women who face the decision about whether to have a child before they've been able to find a partner. Anyone who thinks women take this decision lightly, or don't consider men important, should read this for a closer look."
--Mikki Morrissette, author of Choosing Single Motherhood
"This is the right book oat the right time. Knock Yourself Up has terrific ideas and encouragement for all kinds of mothers.
--Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., author of Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years
"A laugh-out-loud, funny, fresh, and fabulous debut!"
--Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart
In this honest and often hilarious guide, Sloan shares the details of her own funny and heartbreaking journey to single motherhood as well as the experiences of many other women across the country.
About the Author
Louise Sloan has written for many publications, including Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Self, Ms., Out, the Chicago Tribune, The Sacramento Bee, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian. The story of Sloan's journey to single motherhood was featured twice on Nightline. She lives in Brooklyn, with her son, Scott, who was born in June 2006.