This collection of Gen-X essays is especially courageous because of all the taboos it shatters. Writer Julie Jameson confesses that she was talking on the phone with her mom when she looked up and discovered that her teething son had found her newly purchased vibrator and was gnawing on the tip. Gayle Brandeis boasts about the heroic treks she's taken through the hidden folds of her children's bottoms, searching for pinworms like a cave explorer. Sara Manns writes about the desire to have a child with her lesbian wife, which leads her through the terrain of sperm donors, then miscarriage, and finally international adoption. And we can all be grateful to Peri Escarda for helping us find the "Perfect Name" to offer a daughter when she points between her legs and asks, "What's dat?"
Not all the stories are masterfully rendered. Some rely on raw urgency, such as Alex McCall's "Bomb Threat," in which she anxiously retrieves her daughter from a federal-building childcare facility on the same day as the Oklahoma City bombing. Yet many offer mature crafting as well as tender narration. When Min Jin Lee became pregnant, she thought about her own Korean immigrant upbringing and her downtrodden mother's enormous sacrifices. She writes, "These were my fears: One day my child would feel the need to make my life whole through her accomplishments, or worse, as an adult, she would be unable to ever remember me smiling at her as a little girl." Jessica Rigney writes a chillingly exquisite story about altering her family's legacy of suicide and silence through the conscious mothering of her son. These are the rough-and-ready voices of the next wave of motherhood, and like the generation of feminists before them, they continue to break new, fertile ground. One can hardly wait to hear the voices of their daughters. --Gail Hudson
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Although the copyright date of this book is 2001, its ethos seems only to have grown in the years since then. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anonymous
As a professional women, I think women should do whatever makes them happy as long as they can afford to financially support their choice. Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by T. Nickey
I can't get over the guilt or whining of some of the soccer moms. The majority of the parenting books cater to YOU! Read morePublished on November 20, 2003
I can't say that some of the essays weren't well-written, because they were. My problem was the content. I'm not Mrs. Read morePublished on November 14, 2003 by J. Marchese
I would give this zero stars given the chance. First, the title is very misleading. These are not essays by "the new generation of mothers," but rather teen, welfare... Read morePublished on July 10, 2002
I truly enjoyed this book and have passed it on to friends. It is a great read whether you have kids or not.Published on July 1, 2002
From reading the pages of this book that are posted here, all I can do is say "groan." I am a "gen-x-er" and am so tired of the self-indulgent, me-focus of... Read morePublished on December 30, 2001
This collection of essays by "the new generation of mothers" is an interesting and inspiring read. Read morePublished on December 18, 2001 by Molly M. Wolf
I had difficulty getting through the self-conscious, affected and clumsy Vassar-dropout-style prose. I thought the book was poorly edited, and the politics stank. Read morePublished on November 20, 2001 by 2mille