Synopses & Reviews
is funny. I laughed out loud, but I knew with Henriette, there'd be more to it than just laughs. Choosing not to have children is unfathomable to me, making this book all the more fascinating."
"The No Kidding essays made me laugh, made me cry, made me wanna give my kid back."
"No Kidding is a funny, unique, and sometimes brave collection of essays written by funny, unique, andfor taking on this topicalways brave women."
Michael Patrick King, writer/director of Sex and the City
"An entertaining and hilarious collection of essays. These writings are sometimes bittersweet and will appeal to all readers, but especially fans of womens studies and contemporary popular culture."
Library Journal, starred review
In No Kidding
, comedy writer Henriette Mantel tackles the topic of actually not having kids. This fascinating collection features a star-studded group of contributors—including Margaret Cho, Wendy Liebman, Laurie Graff, and other accomplished, funny women—writing about why they opted out of motherhood. Whether their reasons have to do with courage, apathy, monetary considerations, health issues, or something else entirely, the essays featured in the pages of No Kidding
honestly (and humorously) delve into the minds of women who have chosen what they would call a more sane path.
Hilarious, compelling, and inspiring, No Kidding reveals a perspective that has too long been hidden, shamed, and silenced—and celebrates an entire population of women who have decided that kids are just not right for them.
About the Author
is a writer/actress/director/producer. She is proud that so many of her friends dont have kids and have lived to write about it. In eighth grade, Henriette came in third in the Vermont State Forestry Essay Contest. Her Emmys for television comedy writing will never compare to that. Her favorite things she has written/directed are the show In the Middle, Midge and Buck,
the documentary An Unreasonable Man,
and The Beaver Play.
She grew up in Vermont before it was cool to do so, and continues to live between there and New York City. You can see what shes done in her illustrious career at HenrietteMantel.com.