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Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence
     

Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence

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by Rebecca Walker
 

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From the international bestselling author of Black, White, and Jewish comes a "wonderfully insightful" (Associated Press) book that's destined to become a motherhood classic. Now in trade.

Like many women her age, thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Walker was brought up to be skeptical of motherhood. As an adult she longed for a baby but feared

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From the international bestselling author of Black, White, and Jewish comes a "wonderfully insightful" (Associated Press) book that's destined to become a motherhood classic. Now in trade.

Like many women her age, thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Walker was brought up to be skeptical of motherhood. As an adult she longed for a baby but feared losing her independence. In this very smart memoir, Walker explores some of the larger sociological trends of her generation while delivering her own story about the emotional and intellectual transformation that led her to motherhood.

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In Black, White, & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, Rebecca Walker talked about the complexity of growing up as the daughter of the renowned black writer Alice Walker and a white Jewish lawyer. In Baby Love, she addresses her long reluctance to become a mother herself. Finally deciding that 15 years of indecision constituted her real first trimester, she made a leap that she has never since regretted. A sweet gift for any pregnant woman.
Publishers Weekly

The author of Black, White and Jewishgives voice to the uncertainty of her generation in a powerful new memoir. In journal format, beginning with the day her pregnancy is confirmed and ending as she and her partner bring their son home, Walker tells of her physical and emotional journey toward motherhood, poignantly reflecting on the ambivalence that has delayed her dream of having a child for years. Like many 20- and 30-somethings, she was raised to view partnership and parenthood as the least empowering choices in an infinite array of options. This tension comes to the fore as Walker's mother, Alice Walker, opposes her decision to have a baby and challenges her account of their relationship in Black, White and Jewish. Alice ends their relationship and removes Rebecca from her will, and Rebecca endures a tumultuous pregnancy, estranged from her mother as she prepares to become one herself. Elusive health complications arise, and she hops from doctor to doctor, ever wary of Western medicine. Through a lengthy litany of decisions (midwife versus M.D., stroller versus "travel system"), she Googles her way to information overload. At the end of this nine-month mental tug-of-war, she emerges changed: a meat eater, a committed partner with a renewed faith in intimacy, a new woman plus-one. Walker's story is accessible and richly textured, told with humor, wit and warmth. (Mar.)

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Library Journal
Third-wave feminist Walker, the daughter of author Alice Walker and a best-selling scribe in her own right (see her Black, White, and Jewish: An Autobiography of a Shifting Self), continues chronicling her life with this journal of her decision to become a mother in her mid-thirties. Unfortunately, though Walker is an able writer, her experiences with pregnancy and childbirth come across as shallow and lack insight. At no point, for example, does the author explain her move from a homosexual relationship to a heterosexual one involving motherhood. On the loaded subject of chilren of famous parents, readers get merely a few sentences. The narrative improves at the end when Walker describes the birth and how she dealt with her infant's medical problems, but overall, this is not the deep, considered meditation that the author's peers probably crave and deserve. Yet Walker's work will no doubt do well owing to her celebrity, the titillating details she offers about her conflict with her famous mother, and the window she provides readers into her lavish lifestyle. Most suitable for public libraries. Readers looking for a more thoughtful consideration would enjoy Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year. [See Prepub Alert, LJ11/1/06.]
—Fran Mentch
From the Publisher
"Thoughtful." -Entertainment Weekly "A powerful new memoir...Accessible and richly textured, told with humor, wit, and warmth." -Publishers Weekly "Moving, wise, and deeply honest, Baby Love has illuminated a crucial question for our times." -Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia "Shares the earthy, spontaneous form of Anne Lamott's child-rearing classic, Operating Instructions." -The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440662836
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
202 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Danzy Senna
In Baby Love, Rebecca Walker has shone a bright light on the Ambivalent Generation-those of us raised to remain daughters rather than become mothers, to wonder rather than to know. Moving, wise, and deeply honest, Baby Love has illuminated a crucial question for our times. (Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia)
Catherine Newman
Walker sways on a kind of scary, sublime suspension bridge, stretched between being somebody's child and becoming somebody's mother, and turning her fiercely compassionate intelligence to both. Thanks to her unique vision, the familiar views along the way become nothing short of astounding. (Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy)
From the Publisher
"Thoughtful." -Entertainment Weekly "A powerful new memoir...Accessible and richly textured, told with humor, wit, and warmth." -Publishers Weekly "Moving, wise, and deeply honest, Baby Love has illuminated a crucial question for our times." -Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia "Shares the earthy, spontaneous form of Anne Lamott's child-rearing classic, Operating Instructions." -The New York Times

Asha Bandele
Those of us who have followed Rebecca Walker have come to expect a brilliant journey, one that locates the balance between reason and emotion, blood and sinew. Baby Love does not disappoint. Rebecca Walker's offering does what all finely crafted memoirs should seek to do: expose the experience of the writer but only to illumine the experience of the reader. As a daughter, but most of all as a mother I read this book and was transformed. (Asha Bandele, author of The Prisoner's Wife: A Memoir)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Walker has received numerous awards and accolades for her writing and activism. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and publications; in addition to the international bestseller Black, White, and Jewish, her books include Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, and the anthologies To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, which has become a standard text in gender studies courses around the world, and What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future. A popular speaker at universities and in business settings, Walker teaches the art of memoir at workshops and writing conferences internationally. She lives in Hawaii.

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Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a diary of her pregnancy. I expected this to be more about the ambivalence of having a baby. I spent too much money on this book. No thanks
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