Synopses & Reviews
To breed or not to breed? That is the question twenty-eight accomplished writers including Anne Lamott, Rick Moody, Kathryn Harrison, and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez ponder in this collection of provocative, honest, and deeply personal essays. Based on a popular series at Salon.com, Maybe Baby
features parents and nonparents alike exploring how and why they decided whether to have children.
This powerful collection offers both frank and nuanced looks at those choices, both alternative and traditional, from a wide range of viewpoints. From abortion to adoption, from ambivalence to baby lust, from single parenting to searching for the right partner to have a baby with, Maybe Baby brings together the full force of opinions about this national but also intensely personal debate.
"Inspired by a letter written to Salon.com requesting more stories about people who chose not to have children, senior editor Leibovich brought together a broad spectrum of writers to create a refreshing, sometimes painful, collection of essays in which, to quote the subtitle, '28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives.' Lionel Shriver celebrates her adults-only existence in 'The Baby Stops Here'; Amy Richards goes through the seldom-discussed procedure of 'selective reduction' in 'Triple Threat'; and Kathryn Harrison cares for her dying grandmother as well as her newborn daughter in the beautiful 'Cradle to Grave.' Other standout essays include Neal Pollack's, defending his right to have only one child (his response to the often-voiced concern 'Won't he be spoiled if he's the only one?' is 'Not with our credit card debt'), and Rick Moody's, revealing his early-in-life assessment of children as 'bloodthirsty dwarves.' This bittersweet anthology is the perfect antidote to readers tired of the number of books lauding child-rearing and its many joys. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly
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"This work, an outgrowth of a Salon.com series that ran in 2003, considers one of modern life's great issues: parenthood....These superbly written essays are recommended." Library Journal
This revealing and thought-provoking anthology from Salon.com brings together a conflicting chorus of opinions about the difficult choice to breed or not to breed in 21st-century America.
About the Author
Lori Leibovich is a senior editor at Salon.com. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the New York Observer, the Washington Post, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and in the anthologies Mothers Who Think and The Real Las Vegas. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.