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Q&A with Kristen Tsetsi, Author of The Age of the Child

I recently had the pleasure of talking with author Kristen Tsetsi about her new provocative novel, The Age of the Child. Yes, a novel; while I focus on nonfiction in my review collection, there are always worthy exceptions! Set in aShow More Summary

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula Le Guin

Review by Melanie Holmes In No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, Ursula K. Le Guin gives us a collection of her last published thoughts. After its release, at 88, Le Guin died just thirty-three days later.  Known for her science...Show More Summary

Advice on the “To Baby or Not to Baby” Question

A recent “Ask Polly” on The Cut shocked me.  A woman writes in with the question, “Should I have a baby?” and even though Polly assures readers the “column is not a parody,” I admit I read the response more than once to be sure her advice...Show More Summary

Review of the Book, Non-Disclosure, by George Dapra

Review by Melanie Davis As an Inspector with the United States Marshal’s Witness Protection Program, author George Dapra can tell stories that had been carefully hidden. With special authorization from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Dapra...Show More Summary

A Global Look at Not Having Children

At the beginning of January, some interesting ‘not having children’ numbers came out regarding women in their 40s.  This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) table gives a succinct summary:  % of women in their 40s not having children Reasons for not having children The U.K. Show More Summary

On the Myth of Maternal Instinct

In my 2017 childfree trending piece, I discuss how in recent years we’ve been seeing more talk about pronatalism. Some articles use the word directly, some not. An excellent feature article that appeared on magazine last fall by Mike Mariani gives us a great example of the latter. Show More Summary

The New “I Do”: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists, and Rebels

The aptly titled book, The New “I Do”: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists, and Rebels by Susan Pease Gadoua and Vicki Larson, challenges our preconceived notions about marriage. While The New “I Do” is geared toward those currently contemplating marriage, those who have already said their vows will still find it quite applicable and enjoyable. Show More Summary

Q&A With Research Scholar, Amrita Nandy on her Book, Motherhood and Choice

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Delhi research scholar and activist, Amrita Nandy, about her new book, Motherhood and Choice: Uncommon Mothers, Childfree Women. Check it out: Your new book, Motherhood and Choice, is based on your Ph.D. Show More Summary

Happy New Year!

Wishing You a Wonderful 2018! The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Looking Back: 2017 Childfree Trending Part II

Now for Part II of childfree trends we have seen this past year. In addition to muddied use of “Childfree,” “Child-free” “Child free “and “Childless” I wrote about in Part I, five more childfree trends are worth noting: Even more stories...Show More Summary

Looking Back: 2017 Childfree Trending Part I

At the beginning of 2016, I took stock of 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice. At the end of 2016, I looked back and discussed positive childfree trends that year. It’s time for childfree trending 2017…this year I’ll do childfree trending in two parts. Show More Summary

The Art of Conversation: Childfree and Parents at Holiday Parties

I like to bring this post back around each year during holiday party time: We’re  into the holiday party time of year, and at these kinds of gatherings often people’s kids are a major topic of conversation. When you don’t have kids (yet...Show More Summary

Breeder Bingo Bombs: Badabing, Badaboom!

Bravo, Ossiana Tepfenhart, for tackling the inevitable (and perennial) “Breeder Bingo” blather! Childfree friends, if you’re sick and tired of the endless onslaught of judgment and unsolicited advice, you may well want to borrow a zinger or three from Tepfenhart’s article, “27 Ways To Respond When You’re Being Pressured To Have Kids“. Show More Summary

Holiday Season Advertisers: It’s Time to Target Women without Children

Every holiday season, advertisers spend billions of marketing dollars to get us to buy their products and services. At this time of year, advertisers lose revenue because they don’t market to a specific demographic: the 47 percent of American women of childbearing age who are not mothers. Show More Summary

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

While I have had more of a summary of the book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts in my LiveTrue Book collection, I am delighted to now have a personal review by Brittany Brolley of my book review team: The 5 Love Languages...Show More Summary

Riffing on Childfree Lilli Blackmore’s, “Why Having Kids Is Not A Retirement Plan”

I have been enjoying Lilli Blackmore’s posts on her site, the American Spinster. Her most recent post, “Why Having Kids Is Not a Retirement Plan” inspires me to riff on this important topic. Please indulge me. The Pronatalist Elderhood...Show More Summary

Not Having Kids: From Moral Outrage toward Moral Duty

One particular phrase relating to a study that came out last spring continues to pop up online: moral outrage. The study, “Parenthood as a Moral Imperative? Moral Outrage and the Stigmatization of Voluntarily Childfree Women and Men”...Show More Summary

Regretting Motherhood: A Study, by Orna Donath

Israeli sociologist Orna Donath breaks important ground in her book, Regretting Motherhood: A Study. She bravely takes on motherhood regret squarely and directly, and questions “the social order and systems of power that present women...Show More Summary

Long-Term Marriages: Pondering Recent Study Results 

A recent study in the Social Psychology Quarterly looks at long-term marriages and has some interesting  results to ponder.  A summary of findings include: Married women over 50 rate the quality of their marriages lower than their husbands do. Show More Summary

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

Review by Brittany Brolley Luke Dittrich’s New York Times bestseller, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets is exactly that. Part biography and part memoir, Dittrich tells the unforgettable life story of how a young factory worker named Henry Molaison (Patient H.M.) became the most studied person in the history of neuroscience. Show More Summary

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