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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (April 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188522382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885223821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The diverse, real-life stories in Pride and Joy offer a valuable sense of community for women who feel they stand alone in their families and in society because they have made the choice to remain childless."

-- Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

"This is an important, fascinating, and brave book. Women have been told how they must have children to be happy. Now here comes a book that shows how happy women can be without children. All of the women profiled are innovators, thinkers, risktakers who have listened hard to hear their own voice through the cultural din and not followed convention for convention's sake. Each tells us that there are many ways to make the journey of life worthwhile."

-- Pepper Schwartz, author of Love Between Equals: How Peer Marriage Really Works

About the Author

Terri Casey is an award-winning writer who has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor and as a marketing writer for Microsoft Corporation. Her free-lance articles have appeared in metropolitan daily newspapers and regional magazines. She lives in Seattle.

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288 of 291 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. Jacobs on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
While I enjoyed reading some of the stories of these women who have chosen to live a childfree life, I came away from the book feeling a little worse about my decision not to have children. I sort of felt that if I don't have two Master's degrees, a Ph.d., if I'm not volunteering for every charity (especially children's charities)under the sun, if I haven't traveled the globe, and in short, made some effort at saving the world, then I've wasted my life, and I should be having children. Obviously women do need to justify not having children. It seems like these women feel the need to justify their choice by telling what wonderful things they've done for humanity. It seems as though they feel the need to convince the public that they have done their "duty" by contributing in other ways.
Yeah, I have one Master's degree, I like to travel, and I do a little volunteering, but mainly I simply want the freedom to come and go as I please. I want to be able to go out for a nice, relaxing dinner on a Friday night after a long week of work -- dinner, a beer, and some light adult conversation -- a luxury enjoyed only on precious rare occasions by those with children.
I'm not saving the world, I just want to be able to enjoy it on my own terms without the responsibility of raising a child.
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112 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Janis Cortese on November 17, 1999
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It was awesome to read this book for a reason that took a while to bubble up from my brain.
I'm SICK AND TIRED of hearing from people who don't want kids purely because they are environmentally conscious or are concerned about overpopulation. I'm both of those things, but to be honest, that's not why I don't want kids. I don't want kids because I just don't want kids.
It was great to read many of these portraits and hear people say the same thing. We've moved beyond the purely political reasons for not wanting kids and have started to acknowledge that childfree people don't need to JUSTIFY not wanting them or explain it. Like many of the people in the book, we just don't want them. It was refreshing to read a book about not wanting kids that didn't focus on hectoring from Earth First and overpopulation.
Many childfree people, myself included, don't obsess about politics when we think about not having kids. We just don't want them. We don't hate them -- but we just don't want them.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am 34 years old, and have been happily married to a wonderful man for the past year and a half. My husband and I have not yet made our final decision as to whether or not to have kids...but we are certainly leaning in the direction of perhaps choosing not to raise a family of our own. This book came to me at the perfect time, and has been a wonderful resource for me as I work through the very important decision of whether or not to become a parent. Like many of the women in this book, I am blessed to have a lot of great kids in my life...my friends children, plus 14 nieces and nephews that I "inherited" when I got married. I enjoy my time with them, yet do not feel any strong pull to go through pregnancy, childbirth, and the lifetime commitment it takes to parent a child to adulthood. It was a joy and a relief to read that I'm not weird, strange or missing some sort of "womanly gene" because I don't want to have a baby. Thankfully, my husband and I are on the
same page right now. We both enjoy our freedom and our time together, and feel that we can still be important and loving influences in the lives of kids around us without necessarily being parents ourselves.
This book is a wonderful testament to the fact that women can have truly fulfilling lives without having a child of their own. I would highly recommend it to any woman who is weighing the option of motherhood!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1999
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If you listen to conventional "wisdom" about women's roles in life, you would believe several sweeping generalizations, such as
* childless women are not quite whole;
* childless women don't care much for children, and are generally antisocial and antifamily;
* childless women are selfish;
... and a whole host of other statements which obviously can't apply to all childless/childfree women.
Casey's book gives us an important glimpse at women who have chosen not to have children. These women are vibrant, social, and satisfied. Many are happily married, and most are involved with the children of friends and relatives. They contribute to their communities-- in fact, they have more time, energy, and money for such pursuits than their friends who are mothers! Supporters of the arts, sciences, political action, social efforts, and education, Casey's subjects are a great value to the cities they live in and the circle of friends they keep.
So much for the bitter-old-crone image of childless women!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By znofyl@execpc.com on November 29, 1998
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I've read a number of books on the childfree lifestyle and this is one of the better (and more recent) offerings. Drawing upon interviews with 25 childfree women of various age groups and backgrounds, the author presents their lives, their hopes, their dreams for the future. For those of us who have made the less than traditional choice of not having our own children, these stories help us remember that our lives can be just as vital and energetic (in some cases moreso) than our childed counterparts. I found this a very worthwhile book. My only critism would be that every individual in this book is highly educated and almost superachieving in many cases, thus not covering the full range of the childfree individuals. Other than that, it is immeasurably helpful.
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