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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
I have to confess I read this book REALLY wanting to like it, but it just didn't do much for me. I was looking for "a guide to living childless by choice" however her writing came up short. The book mostly has a vibe of 'you are not alone' and 'there are other people who feel the same way.' Literally over half of the book was focused on her interpretations and statistical analysis of questionnaires submitted by childfree couples. She also gave synopsizes of interviews she conducted. She managed to find folks from every walk of life enjoying life to the fullest without children; the couples also talked about their struggles and trials in dealing with society / families.

I'm right on the edge between 3 and 4 stars. It's worth reading, but the title is somewhat misleading: "guide to living childless by choice" is over-sold. As I read, I ended up highlighting & underlining a number of passages that resonated with me. Unfortunately, as a whole, the book was just too `academic' for my taste and not much of a "guide." It's definitely useful to other authors writing on this topic. This book will help articulate the mindset of those childfree by choice and it's a great resource for future writers. I got this hoping it would be a "self help book" but I finished it and was a little disappointed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
This was a good book but it has been a while since I read it. I think I only had an issue with all of her studies being inconclusive, or not enough data, etc, so why bother putting all of these pointless studies in her book??
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
An interesting take on the choice to be childless. Good book for those that don't know where they stand and have questions about their motivations.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2013
I think this book tries to be really scientific, but in the end it is for middle/upper middle class people who have decided that the cons of parenthood outweigh the benefits. In the end it is up to your own personal decsion. You can save your money.
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4 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2011
The book was okay. Nothing mind-blowing or earth-shattering. Nothing we didn't already know. It's nice to know that there are other people who think like this, but the spiritual aspect is completely absent. In fact, one of the people they interviewed said he went to church for the first time and left vowing never to go back to church and never to have children. For Christian couples dealing with this topic, there has to be a better book. This isn't the one.
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2 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2011
I am interested in this topic for understanding as I have known two couples in my area where the men in their late fourties left their wife they were "childless by choice" with and married younger women and now have children. I think now I understand the lore of being childfree. I wonder though if women understand that if your husband, as he hits middle age, chages his mind and wants kids it may be easier to leave you for a more fertile woman? So in addition to considering how you feel about being childfree I think you should also consider how you would feel about being middle aged divorced and with no family especially while you husband is creating his?
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