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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Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion by Karen E. Bender, Nina De Gramont

"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.

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)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction   Karen E. Bender   Nina de Gramont     1
The Ballad of Bobbie Jo   Jacquelyn Mitchard     17
It Could Happen to You   Sandy Hingston     29
If   Susan Ito     39
Bearing Sorrow: A Birthmother's Reflections on Choice   Janet Mason Ellerby     53
Thirty-four Years Old Today   Pam Houston     69
Personal Belongings   Kimi Faxon Hemingway     77
Termination   Deborah McDowell     95
Conceiving is Not Always the Same as Having an Idea   Catherine Newman     105
Harrison: Battling for the Chance to Make a Choice   Harriette E. Wimms     111
Mother's Day in the Year of the Rooster   Ann Hood     127
Donation   Ashley Talley     137
Summer, 1959   Carolyn Ferrell     155
A Normal Woman   Kate Maloy     173
The Decision   Katie Allison Granju     187
No Stone Unturned   K.A.C.     193
The Stories We Tell   Katherine Towler     207
A Complicated Privilege   Elizabeth Larsen     221
Woman of Heart and Mind   Denise Gess     237
Matters of the Heart: To Be a Dragon Slayer   Velina Hasu Houston     251
Trees in the Desert   Sarah Messer     269
Portrait of a Mother   Stephanie Andersen     289
Water Children   Nina de Gramont     305
Accidents: A Family History of Choice   Karen E. Bender     323
The Raw Edges of Human Existence: The Language of Roe v. Wade   Francine Prose     337
Contributor's Biographies     345

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Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 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.
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