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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 E. Bender
 
At a time when a woman's most complex decisions have been reduced to political rhetoric and impersonal theory, and political debate has been hijacked by pundits and name-callers, Choice joins the discourse with an assortment of candid voices in an effort to humanize the debate about reproductive rights. In addressing a wide range of women's choices-from using birth

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At a time when a woman's most complex decisions have been reduced to political rhetoric and impersonal theory, and political debate has been hijacked by pundits and name-callers, Choice joins the discourse with an assortment of candid voices in an effort to humanize the debate about reproductive rights. In addressing a wide range of women's choices-from using birth control to taking the morning-after pill, from adopting a child to putting a child up for adoption, from having an abortion to bringing a pregnancy to full term-Choice explores the complexities inherent in every reproductive decision. Including twenty-four honest, heartrending essays from established writers such as Francine Prose, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Pam Houston, Ann Hood, and Sarah Messer and emerging talents such as Kimi Faxon Hemingway, Stephanie Anderson, and Ashley Talley, Choice will allow you to truly understand the meaning of the word "choice"-regardless of what side of the debate you stand on.

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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:
9781596929869
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
298,880
File size:
457 KB

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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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