Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages

To breed or not to breed? That is the question twenty-eight accomplished writers ponder in this collection of provocative, honest, soul-searching essays. Based on a popular series at Salon.com, Maybe Baby offers both frank and nuanced opinions from a wide range of viewpoints on parenting choices, both alternative and traditional.

Yes: "I've been granted access to a new plane of existence, one I could not have imagined, and would not now live without."—Peter Nichols

No: "I can sort of see that it might be nice to have children, but there are a thousand things I'd rather spend my time doing than raise them."—Michelle Goldberg

Maybe: "As we both slip into our mid-thirties, my own personal daddy dilemma has quietly taken on an urgency that I frankly didn't expect."—Larry Smith

From infertility to adoption, from ambivalence to baby lust, Maybe Baby brings together the full force of opinions about this national, but also intensely personal, debate.

 

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Contents

MICHELLE GOLDBERG To Breed or Not to Breed
3
ELINOR BURKETT Emancipation from Propagation
11
LIONEL SHRIVER The Baby Stops Here
22
LUISITA LÓPEZ TORREGROSA The Life I Was Meant to Have
33
LESLEY DORMEN The Impossible Me
40
RICK MOODY Bloodthirsty Dwarves
49
REBECCA TRAISTER They Will FindYou
56
MAUD CASEY The Rise from the Earth So Far
66
LAUREN SLATER Second Time Around
130
PETER NICHOLS Well Always Have Paris
137
MAGGIE JONES Surprise Baby
147
KATHRYN HARRISON Cradle to Grave
157
LAURIE ABRAHAM Mothers Little Helper
176
AMY RICHARDS Triple Threat
203
NEAL POLLACK One Is Enough
224
ASHA BANDELE My Tribe
236

STEPHANIE GRANT Beyond Biology
76
LAKSHMI CHAUDHRY Next Stop Motherland
92
AMY BENFER Parenting on a Dare
111
DANI SHAPIRO Not a Pretty Story
117
ANDREW LEONARD Road Trip
246
CONTRIBUTORS
257
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A former staff editor at Salon, Lori Leibovich has written for many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Cookie, Harper's Bazaar, and the anthologies Mothers Who Think and The Real Las Vegas. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

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