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The author of Black, White and Jewish gives voice to the uncertainty of her generation in a powerful new memoir. In journal format, beginning with the day her pregnancy is confirmed and ending as she and her partner bring their son home, Walker tells of her physical and emotional journey toward motherhood, poignantly reflecting on the ambivalence that has delayed her dream of having a child for years. Like many 20- and 30-somethings, she was raised to view partnership and parenthood as the least empowering choices in an infinite array of options. This tension comes to the fore as Walker's mother, Alice Walker, opposes her decision to have a baby and challenges her account of their relationship in Black, White and Jewish. Alice ends their relationship and removes Rebecca from her will, and Rebecca endures a tumultuous pregnancy, estranged from her mother as she prepares to become one herself. Elusive health complications arise, and she hops from doctor to doctor, ever wary of Western medicine. Through a lengthy litany of decisions (midwife versus M.D., stroller versus "travel system"), she Googles her way to information overload. At the end of this nine-month mental tug-of-war, she emerges changed: a meat eater, a committed partner with a renewed faith in intimacy, a new woman plus-one. Walker's story is accessible and richly textured, told with humor, wit and warmth. (Mar.)
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"Thoughtful." -Entertainment Weekly "A powerful new memoir...Accessible and richly textured, told with humor, wit, and warmth." -Publishers Weekly "Moving, wise, and deeply honest, Baby Love has illuminated a crucial question for our times." -Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia "Shares the earthy, spontaneous form of Anne Lamott's child-rearing classic, Operating Instructions." -The New York Times
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The writing was fine. It was a let down after her first book. I found her to be offputting and hypercritical. Read morePublished 29 days ago by JHM
An easy read. I am not very picky when it comes to what I read but I had to force myself to finish this book. Luckily, it was short and east to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Stebbing
This books title is very misleading. It does not talk about the decision to have a child, it just talks about her and her baby. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephanie Kister
This is a good book that I enjoyed reading because, presumably, I'm Ms. Walker's target audience. It is very good at addressing the ambivalence many women feel at a certain age,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vav
I loved Rebecca Walker's deeply honest and beautifully written story of her journey into Motherhood. A must read for anyone considering motherhood.Published 15 months ago by Lucy C Jones
it was heartwarming to read how a young woman prepared herself for motherhood, and to see how she drew me into her "world."Published 21 months ago by Denise Pate
Really, I did. I think that Rebecca Walker has an amazing voice, and she's someone who I wanted to be able to relate to. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Juniper
To have a child, to not have a child? To merely survive or thrive after a high impact marquis mother? Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Holly Gleason
If you have a shred of ambivalence in you during your first pregnancy, I predict you will deeply enjoy this book.Published on November 21, 2012 by C. Frederick