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It's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons Paperback – November 11, 2005
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Among the more affecting essays in the collection are Susan Ito's "Samuel," about the baby boy she was forced to abort only two weeks before he would have been viable, and Susan O'Doherty's "The Velvet Underground," in which the author chronicles the lesser heartbreak of her son's emotional scarring at the hands of his insensitive playmates. Jacquelyn Mitchard's reflections on her son's transition to manhood ("The Day He Was Taller") are unexpectedly poignant, while Jennifer Lauck's "It Takes a Village" was simply chilling--in fact unputdownable.
Catherine Newman touches on the subjects of gender expectations and homosexuality in her sweet, amusing essay "Pretty Baby." She writes about the various reactions people have to seeing her son wearing his favorite color, bright pink:[...]
Boys are famous for having penises, of course, and they come in two basic styles. In her amusing essay "Making the Cut" Jamie Pearson recounts the arguments she and her husband had over the circumcision question prior to her son's birth: [...]
Among the more thought provoking essays--because you probably never thought about the issue it raises before--is Katie Kaput's "Things You Can't Teach.Read more ›
So one may wonder if I liked all of these essays so much why am I only giving the book three stars. Well that is because many of the essays despite being fairly entertaining did not touch me...I could not relate. The beginning essays mostly focused on women's disappointment at learning they were having a boy. Now, trust me when I tell you no one has wanted a little girl more than I did and when I found out I was having twin boys after already having a three year old son I was a bit miffed to say the least. However, no matter how much I wanted a girl I never cried over the fact that I was having boys, my disappointment did not run as deep as many of these women's seemed to have at the news of a boy. I was just happy to be having healthy babies. So on this issue while I could totally understand, I couldn't completely relate.
Also, many of these women writers wanted to raise their sons to be free of the confines society forces on boys.Read more ›
If you have sons, or have friends that have sons, this book is a must. I will be buying my friends who are mothers of sons this for Christmas.
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A wonderful collection that showcases what it means to raise and love a son, especially from a feminist perspective. Read morePublished on May 13, 2011 by M.C. Gibbons
Really disappointing collection of essays by mostly ultra-modern feminist types. No offense if you're one - I admit they are so hip and cool and PC that I used to sometimes think I... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Kerri
As a mother who was shocked, (though not at all disappointed), upon learning my second baby was a boy, I really could relate to a lot of the mothers in this anthology. Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by A. Levitas
I found this book to be heartwarming yet hilarious and I felt like I had a big sister giving me advice while I read. Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Beth E. Wankel
I found this book to have a very negative and complaining tone to it. It was not what I expected. Rather than celebrate having a son it seemed to find writers that wanted a girl... Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by Seriously.
This book brought back a lot of great memories of raising my 2 sons (who liked to fight a lot when they were younger) and I'm glad they're grown up now.Published on August 9, 2008 by Edith
I found this book, along with it's sister title, to be tirelessly repetitive and over simplified. Most of these women (the great majority of whom are upper middle class New... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by J. Hertz
The stories are written by mothers of different ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. It's strange to realize that mothers all over the country feel the same way about... Read morePublished on June 1, 2008 by AngieAndAidan
Overall, the stories are touching and are exactly what I was hoping for when I ordered this book. However, for those of you are sensitive, be careful - there are some hard essays... Read morePublished on May 14, 2008 by 1st time mother to be