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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-winningauthor, blogger and 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 andher book and blog have been profiled in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail,The American Prospect, The New Atlantis, The Broad Side, MORE magazine,MarketWatch and the Ottawa Citizen. Her writing is featured in a variety ofonline outlets including WIRED, The Huffington Post, FORTUNE and The New YorkTimes, just to name a few.
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This story exposes a society that doesn't allow a place for those who are unable to procreate, nor does it understand the very natural mourning process associated with loss of potential life and the need for sincere emotional/social support.
Though woven with humor, this is one couples accounting of pain, acceptance, and healing. We can all benefit from this read... I easily give it five stars.
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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