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"Mothering Against the Odds is a groundbreaking, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring work about a scandalously neglected subject. This is 'must' reading for everyone who cares about mothers, about children, about families, about social injustice and social change--in short, for everyone who cares." --Paula J. Caplan, PhD, author of They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal
"The authors of this volume, most of whom are mothers themselves, eloquently describe the challenges of 'mothering at the margins.' The stories are poignant, personal, and passionate, actively drawing the reader into the daily struggles and joys of mothering under unusual circumstances. Regardless of the context, each mother brings courage and resilience to her special situation. This book fills a large gap in the literature and must be read by all parents and by policy makers who care about how our children are raised." --Ellen Bassuk, M.D., The Better Homes Fund
"Our society today is anything but a melting pot. We treat any kind of diversity as a negative. Why? This excellent volume brings to light the marginalization of different kinds of mothers whom society both labels and rejects. The strengths and the passions with which these mothers can offer their children need to be respected and even revered by our society. This volume will help that process in all of us." --T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.