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Silent Sorority: A Barren Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and Found Paperback – April 18, 2009
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"This book is snappy, funny, and irreverent as well as moving. Silent Sorority does a great job addressing the invisibility of non-Moms." --More.com
"Silent Sorority is a brave book and a gift to all infertile women, whatever stage of the journey they may be on." --NBC/iVillage
"The author has the gift of using humor to get through the pain and she just nails the irony of life as a 'non-mom.' " -- Fertility Authority
"Tsigdinos has given a voice to infertile women's experience." --Bitch Magazine, Spring 2011
About the Author
Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos (Sig-din-us) is an award-winning author, blogger and an infertility survivor. In her first book, Silent Sorority, Pamela shares with naked candor, humor and poignancy the intense and, at times, absurd experience of adjusting to a life as a "non-mom." Pamela and her blog have been profiled in the New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The New Atlantis, The American Prospect, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and Yahoo Shine. Her writing is featured in a variety of online outlets including Fertility Authority, Open Salon, MORE.com, and BlogHer, just to name a few.
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This is a very brave and honest account of one woman's infertility journey, one that will make other infertile women finally feel understood and less alone. It is written with considerable insight, intelligence and a gentle humour. It would be a wonderful information tool for friends and family of infertile couples - because ultimately what they want is to be understood, not pitied, as Pamela points out.
The fact that her story ends with no children, and yet talks about how and why that decision was made, and shows the positives in life after that decision, also provides inspiration I think for all women, not just infertile women. I wish I had read it as a 20 year old, and again in my 30s. I wish women could read this before they embark on their baby-making journeys - it would give them all insight to the possibilities, both good and bad, and might help women know that whatever happens, they will be okay.
Towards the end, the tone of the book took a sudden turn from darkness and depression to light and hope. I do wish she had gone into more detail of how she changed her thinking on the subject.
There are so many people I wish would read this book in order to understand this kind of heartache. It deserves a wide audience.
Like the author, I also wound up without children, though due to different circumstances. Dealing with that private loss is one thing, dealing with the social stigma is ten times worse.
I hope that this book is the beginning of a sea change in a baby-frenzied culture. Octomom brought home to the wider world that being a Mom isn't necessarily a thing to be admired in itself.
This book does a great job addressing the invisibility of non-Moms -- the author identifies as Infertile -- but women who wound up without for other reasons will also relate. Why is 70% of all public conversation kid chatter? Where did manners go?
I hope this book brings some awareness to wider society that there's a pretty large group of people out there who aren't just being marginalized, but often maligned simply because they couldn't/didn't reproduce.
This book is incredibly well-written, snappy, funny irreverent as well as moving. The author takes us through the steps of shock, grief, hope, anger, denial and acceptance. The denial part really hit home with me -- you kind of have to park yourself there for a while, it takes some time to accept your fate.
What this book doesn't do is tell you "six easy steps" -- or how to "fix your attitude" to your childless state. Thank God! For me it was much better to hear the inside thoughts of someone who's gone through the same, or similar trials I have, and how she's found a way to be in the world. Bravo!
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