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Knock Yourself Up: No Man? No Problem: A Tell-All Guide to Becoming a Single Mom Paperback – October 18, 2007
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To her credit, Sloan shares plenty of her story about being a single lesbian, fresh from a breakup, going through the insemination process solo in order to have her son, Scott, both the highs (taking her son to swing dance class!) and lows (dealing with hemorraghing at the hospital alone, for one). But having the perspectives of so many other women, including their horror and success stories, is what makes this book so valuable. The interviewees talk about everything from the intersection of race, stereotypes, and single parenthood, to how they're perceived by potential dates, neighbors, and peers, the positives of being on their own as well as the loneliness and pitfalls.
The title may be pithy and punchy, but the stories and issues included in Knock Yourself Up let women know that becoming a single mom is doable, but isn't a piece of cake by any means. In some ways, Sloan is a cheerleader for single motherhood, encouraging other women who think they can and want to do it to go for it, but she also very carefully lays out the costs, risks, and cons right along with the pros.Read more ›
KNOCK YOURSELF UP truly is a marvelous piece of work--very well written and full of sweet, stirring, pungent stories about a wide variety of women who, like the author, chose to become a single mother. It put lumps in my throat, and giggles too. I laughed out loud while reading it on the beach in Florida, and folks in nearby beach chairs turned to look. It's easy to see why the book would be an invaluable helpmate to anyone contemplating the single motherhood journey, but Louise Sloan's terrific text is a great read for anyone who simply enjoys good anecdotes, who appreciates good writing (the language is sharp, witty, graceful), and not least who enjoys learning about things unfamiliar. ("In regular down-and-dirty human sexual reproduction, the semen, which can irritate the uterus, is filtered out by the cervical mucus, so only sperm can get in." Who knew?)
One of the things that impressed me about the book is that it is a mature, balanced, even-handed discussion. The author is obviously tickled pink at being a single mom, but there's none of the horn-tooting or proselytizing that one sometimes encounters in "Self-Help" books. Instead, there's a sincere appreciation for all sorts of tastes and inclinations (and disinclinations) and a genuine desire to share what she's learned. And such wonderful stories this woman shares: tender, affecting, poignant, and often laugh-out-loud funny.
In short, this book may have been meant primarily as a "girlfriend's guide to becoming a single mom," but this non-mom (and her husband too) found it to be utterly engaging, even memorable. It deserves a wide audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a great read! It covered a lot of the questions I found myself asking as I consider becoming a single mother. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kduncan
I thank the author for writing this book and I know she is trying to give a real life picture of single moms by choice but I just found the constant stories about... Read morePublished 22 months ago by A. Farr
This book was amazing. Had so many different scenarios and honest stories. I actually liked it better than the Single Mothers by Choice book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Diana Rodriguez
I have a tough choice ahead and found this to be a thorough, realistic exploration of all the issues involved in choosing to go it on my own...Thanks Louise Sloan!Published on March 3, 2014 by Dunlay Kobe
I have not started reading this book.. I am still working on another book by a lesbian who was pregnant.. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Giggles25
As someone contemplating motherhood as a single educated middle class woman, this book has been the perfect support group. Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by Contessa
I am in the very early stages of considering pursuing single motherhood. This book was an enjoyable read, while also being very informative. Highly recommended.Published on October 29, 2011 by Hillary
this author gathered a lot of info from a lot of different women in a lot of different points in their life (gay, straight, different ages, careers, etc). Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by JLT
The very title is highly misleading about the critical role fathers play in childrens' health and welfare.
"No Problem" it says. Read more