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Confessions of a Childfree Woman: A Life Spent Swimming Against the Mainstream Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Marcia Drut-Davis, B.S., M.S. in TESOL, is an outspoken advocate for parenting choices and past chapter president of the National Organization for Non-Parents. Prior to getting her master’s degree at the age of 50, she taught common branch subjects in New York, California and Michigan. Her peers recognized her abilities, nominating her for the Walt Disney Company’s American Teacher Awards in 1998. In 2000, she retired to Florida where she taught future teachers in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. Presently, she volunteers teaching English and literacy in a local library and is a bimonthly writer for the Pineapple Post in Jensen Beach. She lives with her husband Jim and a rescued 5-pound Chihuahua.

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  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C9RHQHC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deanna M. Damelio on April 15, 2013
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This book is a bold, gutsy and riveting memoir dealing with the choice not to have children. Marcia Drut - Davis had courage of a true pioneer to go on national television during the early 70's and express verbally what, even today 4 decades later, is still seen by much of society as a selfish, controversial, and abnormal lifestyle. A much needed voice for those of us who have chosen the road less traveled.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Papenfus on July 23, 2013
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I'm glad Marcia was finally able to get her book published after having been rejected by people who thought it wasn't necessary because "the choice is now acceptable". Back when she first made her choice, 60 minutes cut her and her husband's lengthy talk with his parents coming out about their choice down to a few minutes of sound bites for their agenda. She ended up losing her teaching job and getting death threats.

Yes the choice is more acceptable now, but there are still people who make judgements. It's still a shock to some people if you work with kids and don't have or want your own, and sometimes they're critical about it. Childfree people still hear "you'll change your mind" "you'll have regrets when you're older" and so on. If nothing else, Marcia's memoir is important because gives a counter to those statements as someone who has been there who didn't change her mind and does not have regrets.

I started reading this book last night planning to read a few pages and ended up reading it all in one sitting. The tone is very conversational so it's almost like you're sitting there hearing her tell her story. She's honest and up front about her choice and her experiences. I think it's a book that is beneficial both for the childfree and for those who maybe don't understand what the childfree go through.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on January 3, 2014
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If you feel uncertain about having children, or isolated because you feel like the only person on earth with a uterus who hasn't succumbed to 'baby fever'... Read this book! In fact, this book is for anyone who has made bold choices in their lives and decided to swim against the mainstream, because it felt like the right thing to do!

Reading this book in 2013, you would think that the reactions the author receives for simply deciding not to have children are so passé... If that's what you think, then you've obviously never told a group of people you have no plans for kids.Marcia Drut-Davies was told by several publishers that her book wasn't necessary... That it didn't need to be out there. Well, since reading this book ( my first of about 15 books on the childfree life), I can honestly say I no longer felt alone, no longer felt fraudulent as a woman. This book opened up a world of possibilities to me... It awakened me to the realisation that my life can be whatever I choose it to be, and nothing less! I've since joined online communities for women without kids and have found so many funny, intelligent women to share conversations with in this pronatalist world! I don't punish myself for not wanting kids.. I just realise it's not for me.
I can't recommend this book enough. Thank you Marcia for sharing your memoir and helping so many readers to feel safe and content in their life-choices. X
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Agnieszka on April 11, 2013
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Beautiful book! It shows a woman who trusts in herself, her feelings, her desires. Few people know how their life should look, how they want to live. She has created her life as she wanted. For most people, "normal life" is to have children. Is this a "normal life"? What if not having children can be just as normal and just as satisfying? Marcia shows you how she did that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Merida on June 16, 2013
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I loved this memoir. I found it to be very well-written, and is in a style that gives the book a feeling that the author is speaking personally to the reader. I felt very heartened and encouraged by the feelings expressed by Marcia about her choice to remain childfree - as a married woman in her late twenties who has also made this decision it is so important to me to come across others who have chosen this life and are a little further down life's path than me, and who have no regrets. This is still a much misunderstood life to lead today, and it was even more so when Marcia was my age - it is because of women like her who have bravely shared their thoughts with the world, that society is finally starting to move in the right direction towards more acceptance of the childfree choice. Thank you, Marcia, for sharing your experiences in this wonderful memoir.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mjh6346 on May 11, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading the author's story - her lifelong struggles and joys related to her choice to be child free. As a fellow teacher, I was comforted by her clear compassion for others and her honest love for her students. For the longest time I battled with what seemed, by society's standards, a contradiction. How could I be a truly great teacher, one who cares deeply about her students, when I have no desire to reproduce or mother a child? Marcia 's account helped me to realize that these things are very separate. I also appreciate her authentic re-telling of a failed relationship with stepchildren, further debunking the myth that children will naturally love you back when you've poured your life, time, energy, and money into their development over years and years of growth. Thank you, Marcia, for telling your story. Your voice has been life changing for me.
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