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Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind of Happiness Paperback – March 3, 2015
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"Life doesn’t always unfold the way we expect. In this thought-provoking, honest, and often hilarious exploration of 'otherhood,' Melanie Notkin describes the pleasures and pain of coming to grips with the life she actually hasa childfull life, without children of her own. An essential read for anyone interested in what it’s like to be a woman today."
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
Top Customer Reviews
Let's be clear #2: Even as single, 37-year-old woman in NYC, Notkin's life is not my life. She spends much of the book talking to upper-class friends in fancy restaurants and about dates with hedge fund managers. She name-drops the Hamptons a lot. Her friends are wildly successful businesswomen. Parts of the book read like Sex and the City - and that's okay! That's Notkin's life, and she's not making it up.
My friends are mid-level managers and scientists and non-profit grunts. We do brunch at tiny cafes, and cheer when one of us can afford a one-bedroom in Queens, and date graphic designers and musicians. But the MEAT of the conversations Notkin recounts rings so, so true, even for me. And the parts where she's introspective about her grief around coming to terms with the fact that her life may never be the life she imagined for herself at 25 - married, with kids of her own - those hit me like a punch to the gut.
There aren't a lot of resources out there for women who feel like me, even though I know for a fact that we exist in droves. It's just wonderful to not feel alone in this sadness. It's also good to hear that there is a way through it, as Notkin found, and that my "found family" is just like hers - loving and supportive, and the best thing in my life. It may not be a white picket fence, but my girls have my back and so, I think, does Melanie Notkin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At first, I really struggled to relate to Melanie Notkin and the women she writes about in "Otherhood. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nealy Gihan
I read this book in one sitting, so that's a plus. Not once in the book did I feel sympathy for Notkin. Read morePublished 2 months ago by eddiesgirl
I wish I could remember who initially told me about this book so I could extend a proper thank you. Otherhood is one of, if not the most, profound books I have ever read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lauren Hopkins
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 8 months 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 11 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 13 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 14 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 14 months ago by T. Brown