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Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives Paperback – Bargain Price, April 10, 2007
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About the Author
A former staff editor at Salon, Lori Leibovich has written for many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Cookie, Harper's Bazaar, and the anthologies Mothers Who Think and The Real Las Vegas. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Top Customer Reviews
Every angle that I had wrestled with and many more were presented by real people who have struggled with the same questions I have. I couldn't believe the diversity of thought, the raw and painful honesty, and the naked love shown in each of these pieces. It helped me sort through my priorities and examine my personality, and gave me a much clearer idea of exactly what my personal pros and cons are.
So much of the writing about parenthood resorts to cliches and easy answers, and none of the writers in this book copped out and allowed themselves that comfort of falling back on the usual sentiments. The writers were honest enough to examine even the negative personality traits which played a part in helping them make their decisions, and were also honest about the positive and negative things they felt and experienced because of their decision.
I was surprised and impressed by this book. It was not a comfortable read and made me squirm inside many times, seeing my own selfishness or worries reflected back at me, but the book got to the heart of the many truths and considerations involved in making this hugely important decision.
The book reads very fast and is an interesting read. But I would not add it to a list for those trying to chose if they should have kids or not. It leans too much towards being a parent. If you want honest anwsers from both the childfree and moms/parents I recommend "do I want to be a mom?" you can find it here on amazon.
If you are ambivalent about having a child, this book will help. Oddly enough, I am still ambivalent but I am now quite sure that I do not want to NOT have children. Now, it is only a matter of deciding WHEN I will have children. If you read this book, you will find sections that resonate with you. Perhaps if you would like to be childless, the first third will really resonate and you will feel confirmed in your convictions. For me, I realized that I did not want to be childless and I hadn't felt the feelings expressed in that section of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories got a little repetitive but overall they were good. It was interesting to also see the perspective of parents in a book that would normally lend itself to just the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Katie Rowcliffe
Yes, some stories were interesting...but I feel that they were biased towards the "have kids" position. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lindsay S
I'm a happily married 41 year old woman and my husband and I are not good decision makers. We got married later; him 40, me 37. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by C
I finally felt vindicated in my feelings towards having a child. Once I understood that I was not alone in these fears I felt comfortable making a choice to have a child. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Michael Robb
This book summarizes the decision to become a parent from several different perspectives, representing parents and non parents alike. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Kyle T Malone
This is a huge decision and I was expecting a little more from this book. Some of the writers were very helpful and gave great advice, but it was very hit or miss. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by LiteracySpecialist
I stumbled upon Maybe Baby while looking through my library's digital e-book collection. I know where I stand in the "Maybe Baby?" debate. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Heather Cheshire
This definitely sides with the "but no, really, have a baby" side of things. Most of the fence-sitters end up having kids, and really glad they did. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book helped me to make a very important decision in my life. I have never wanted to have children. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by darlene c.