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Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind of Happiness Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Happier at Home and The Happiness Project
In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin gives a fresh voice to a largely unseen, misunderstood part of the population: the unmarried, childless female. After you read this book, you’ll discover she isn’t who you thought she was.”
Stacy London, Style Expert
In a poignant reported memoir, Otherhood gives voice to a growing, but often hidden segment of society: women who are still waiting for love, marriage and children. With honest humor, Notkin gives the beautiful, bright, talented, single women something no one else does: hope.”
Amy Klein, New York Times Motherlode Fertility Diary” columnist
Families aren’t what they used to be, but here Melanie Notkin shows that they’ve recombined, not fallen apart. Otherhood is powerful, not only because it charts an important role for modern women in an age of singles and solos, but also because it’s sharp, witty, and insightful. A terrific read.”
Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
Melanie Notkin has tapped into the deep need we all have for a new language of love. Otherhood is the perfect book for these timeshonest, romping, vulnerable, uplifting. Read it now, because everyone will be talking about it soon.”
Bruce Feiler, New York Times columnist and bestselling author of The Secrets of Happy Families
Heartbreaking, insightful and ultimately affirming, Otherhood is Notkin’s anguished but undefeated post-feminist battle cry on behalf of childless women of a certain age who refuse to settle for a lesser love.”
Jonathan Tropper, bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You
In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin brilliantly reveals feminism’s dirty little secret: the most fabulous women today are not finding love, marriage, or the baby carriage. They are creatingin a way The Feminine Mystique did not predicta new, equally extraordinary kind of happiness.”
Karen Lehrman Bloch, author of The Lipstick Proviso: Women, Sex & Power in the Real World
In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin, takes the reader on an intimate and insightful journey of what it’s like to be single, never married and childless when apparently no one thinks you should be. She courageously invites us into her intimate world, experiences, and feelings, in a way most close friends wouldn’t even do. And in doing so, she beautifully highlights the importance of being authentic and true to yourself, even if your dreams and wishes don’t come on cue.”
Dr. Robi Ludwig, psychotherapist and TV commentator
Melanie Notkin’s Otherhood is empowering and enlightening for a generation of modern women who don’t want to settle in order to settle down. This book will resonate not only with single women but also with those who love them.”
Andrea Syrtash, author of He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband)
"Otherhood is a timely book offering up valuable guidance on how to feel appreciated and supported while being self-reliant. Melanie Notkin’s genuine love for her reader shines through each page. Notkin is a powerful leader for all women as they enter into 'otherhood.'"
Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles
"Any woman who has ever felt bad about not being 'on track' will find hope and inspiration in Notkin’s readable, compelling book. The experience is like chatting with an old college friend who hands you a mug of tea and kindly reminds you to stop bitching already and get busy creating and celebrating an authentic awesome life."
Sarah Elizabeth Richards, author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I sympathize with her experience of coming up against all of the sharp edges of “The Motherhood Entity” (which is a universal and predominant reality in our culture), I believe it obscured her subject by focusing on only single or never married women, like herself. Although her distinct group of women deserves attention, there are so many women struggling under the same pressure to be mothers from many different perspectives. By examining all of these as a group, she might have discovered central themes and commonalities which might have strengthened her subject.
Notkin shares that she is a successful, intelligent, and well-balanced professional woman who has a full and rich life, however, we never get to experience any of this in her book. Most of the writing about her experience seems rather obsessive around the same elements over and over again - of not finding love and having someone to have children with. Even when she appears to find some resolution, the focus returns again to these same dynamics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had some very enlightening parts and some very unrelatable parts. Upon starting the book, I knew I was a bit younger than the target audience given I'm still in my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley Hasna
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I am a divorced woman with a child, and I still felt like this book spoke to me. Even though I'm a mom, my life certainly didn't end up the way I planned and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robin J Reiter
I am also happy that I was able to get this book from the library. I almost bought it. It is a group of women who are sorely underrepresented; but many have carved out happy and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lynn M.
This book was such a disappointment. Like many others, apparently, I was expecting a more academic or feminist review of how certain women end up not having children because they... Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Flood
I was another one who could just NOT put this book down. I started it one Saturday morning and was so entrenched that I just kept reading until I got to the end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Brown
I love this book and have given it to a number of friends. In "Otherhood" Melanie helps us realize that there are many ways to find happiness, and they aren't always from... Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Joseph
This book wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. The description made it sound like journalism, but it really isn't. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elle
First off, let's be clear - this is NOT a book for women who happily made the choice to be "Childfree". If you're looking for that sort of book, this isn't it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Katie Rasmussen