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Choice, in all its complexity
Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility,
Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion

Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont, Editors
Review by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

How the personal became political
Sisterhood, Interrupted:
From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild

By Deborah Siegel
Review by Judith Stadtman Tucker

Reality check
Opting Out?
Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

by Pamela Stone
Review by Deborah Siegel

The disappeared
The Girls Who Went Away:
The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

by Ann Fessler
Review by Carolyn McConnell

The subject of single mothers
Single Mother:
The Emergence of the Domestic Intellectual

by Jane Juffer
Unsung Heroines:
Single Mothers and the American Dream

by Ruth Sidel
Promises I Can Keep:
Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage

by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas
Review by Judith Stadtman Tucker

The wait
Waiting for Daisy:
A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother

by Peggy Orenstein
Review by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

The big question
Maybe Baby:
28 Writers Tell the Truth about Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives

Edited by Lori Leibovich
Review by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Walking the line
The Imperfect Mom:
Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World

Therese J. Borchard, Editor
Review by Jessica Smartt Gullion

Are we there yet?
The Motherhood Manifesto:
What America's Moms Want and What To Do About It

by Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
Review by Tracy Thompson

Lust for life
The Baby Business:
How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception

by Debora L. Spar
Review by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Hearts of gold
The Price of Motherhood:
Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued

by Ann Crittenden
Review by Serene William

Mind the gap
Getting Even:
Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men -- and What To Do About It

by Evelyn Murphy with E.J. Graff
Review by Judith Stadtman Tucker

Our daughters, ourselves
American Sweethearts:
Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture

by Ilana Nash
Review by Margaret Foley

The woman behind the mystique
Interviews with Betty Friedan
Edited by Janann Sherman
Review by Margaret Foley

The breaking point
How I Threw My Mental Health Out with the Diapers

by Marrit Ingman
Review by Jessica Smartt Gullion

Pick one
Sisterhood is Powerful and
Sisterhood is Forever
Robin Morgan, Editor
Review by Serene Williams

Poor prognosis

Uninsured in America:
Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity

by Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle
Review by Margaret Foley

Class matters
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
by Annette Lareau, and
Not-So-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care

by Karen V. Hansen
Reviewed by Margaret Foley

Revisiting radical feminism
The Dialectic of Sex:
The Case for Feminist Revolution

by Shulamith Firestone, 1970
Reviewed by Serene Williams

Young Americans
Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood
by Steven Mintz

Just do it
Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism
by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

Fault-finding mission
Home-Alone America:
The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes

by Mary Eberstadt

The new possibility:
Beyond the lockstep life course

The Career Mystique:
Cracks in the American Dream

By Phyllis Moen and Patricia Roehling

The Career Mystique
An excerpt from the book

This is your brain on motherhood
The Mommy Brain:
How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter

by Katherine Ellison

Time is of the essence
The Time Divide:
Work, Family and Gender Inequality

by Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson

Women’s work and the public sphere
Sarah Deutsch, Women and the City
Alice Kessler-Harris, In Pursuit of Equity
William J. Adler, Mollie’s Job
Catherine Lutz, Homefront
Review by Margaret Foley

The body politic
Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood and
Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy
by Kristen Luker
Review by Margaret Foley

Poverty and the politics of care
Reviews of Sharon Hays' Flat Broke with Children,
Jason DeParle's American Dream,
Beth Shulman's The Betrayal of Work,
and David K. Shipler's The Working Poor

Breeding the Pure: Eugenics in 2004
Should Parents Be Licensed:
Debating the Issues

Edited by Peg Tittle
Review by Shawna Goodrich

Stripping down corporate culture
The Naked Truth:
A Working Woman’s Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters

by Margaret Heffernan
Review by Diane Glazman

The system is not on our side
The Boundaries of Her Body:
The Troubling History of Women’s Rights in America

by Debran Rowland
Review by Margaret Foley

Motherhood, with an edge
The Essential Hip Mama:
Writing from the Cutting Edge of Parenting

Edited by Ariel Gore
Review by Diane Glazman

One Mom, One Vote
The F-Word:
Feminism in Jeopardy – Women, Politics and the Future

by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Discovering Life After Birth
Life After Birth:
What Even Your Friends Won’t Tell You About Motherhood

by Kate Figes with Jean Zimmerman
Review by MaryKate Newcomb

Life Lessons
If You’ve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything:
Leadership Begins At Home

by Ann Crittenden

The truth shall make us free
Women & Shame:
Reaching Out, Speaking Truths and Building Connection

by Brené Brown, Ph.D.

The truth about teen moms
You Look Too Young to be a Mom:
Teen Mothers Speak Out on Love, Learning, and Success

Deborah Davis, editor

Breadth and Depth
Rise Up Singing:
Black Women Writers On Motherhood

Cecelie S. Berry, editor
Review by Jennifer James

Getting to the heart of the matter
Maternal Desire:
On Children, Love, and the Inner Life

by Daphne de Marneffe

“Mom” must die
The Mommy Myth:
The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined Women

by Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels

Funny, human and complicated
Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life,
or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child

by Faulkner Fox

Shock value
Andrea Buchanan’s
Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It

Beyond the “Mom Economy”
The Mom Economy:
The Mothers’ Guide to Getting Family Friendly Work

by Elizabeth Wilcox

Wistful thinking
A flurry of recent articles focus on an earlier generation of mothers writing about motherhood

The dark matter of motherhood
Janna Malamud Smith’s
A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear

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