Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion

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by Karen Bender, Nina De Gramont
     
 

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"What if we could glance through the curtains to see our neighbors? What if we could not just see their actions, but hear their thoughts and know their histories?" With these questions in mind, this moving collection of twenty-four personal essays-from both emerging talents and established authors-illuminates the complexity of women's reproductive decisions.

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"What if we could glance through the curtains to see our neighbors? What if we could not just see their actions, but hear their thoughts and know their histories?" With these questions in mind, this moving collection of twenty-four personal essays-from both emerging talents and established authors-illuminates the complexity of women's reproductive decisions.

In addressing a wide range of choices-from giving up a child for adoption to adopting a child, from having an abortion to bringing a pregnancy to full term, from using birth control or battling infertility to choosing not to have children at all-these brave women invite us into their lives, emotions, and physical struggles with searing honesty, grace, and humor. Together, these collected voices offer a look at the real, human stories behind the reproductive rights debate, and allow us to truly understand the meaning of the word "choice"-regardless of which side of the debate we stand on.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This anthology's content is aptly described by its title, and the quality of its prose is what makes it distinctive. Both published novelists, editors Bender (Like Normal People) and de Gramont (Of Cats and Men) have assembled essays by 24 professional women writers who illuminate their deeply personal stories of relationships and sexuality with insight and grace. The narratives encompass the trauma of illegal abortion before Roe v. Wade, life in a Florence Crittenden home for unwed mothers, agonizing decisions to seek now-legal abortions, and a horrific experience with RU-486. A concluding essay by Francine Prose on the language of Roe v. Wadeprovides a more explicitly political tone to an otherwise evenhanded collection. The cumulative stories of women of different ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientations reject the easy polarities of "choice" and "prolife" for the complexities of lived experiences. The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women and Men Speak Out About Abortionis a similar but more narrowly focused title; Bender and de Gramont's attention to the full range of women's reproductive choices should be welcomed in most libraries.
—Kathy Arsenault

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596920620
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Karen E. Bender is the author of the novel Like Normal People. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Story, and the Harvard Review, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories. She lives in North Carolina with her family and is currently working on a novel and collection of stories.

Nina de Gramont is the author of Of Cats and Men, a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines including Isotope, Nerve, Exquisite Corpse, Post Road, and Seventeen, and her first novel, Gossip of the Starlings, is forthcoming in 2008.

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Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ArmyWifeHooah More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully done. It is both intimate and stunning in its journey to look into the choices made by the women of this country involving parenthood. No choice is left out, and none exploited. There is no judgement offered, simply an up close and personal look. Very well done.