Baby Love

Baby Love

Choosing Motherhood After A Lifetime of Ambivalence

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
From the bestselling author whom Time magazine hails as one of the leaders of her generation, an insightful, moving, and entertaining memoir of pregnancy and the decision to conceive a child after years of uncertainty.

Like many women her age, Rebecca Walker was brought up to be skeptical of motherhood. A young woman's future was limitless, their mothers' generation told them. A child could rob one of independence, economic freedom, professional advancement, and just about everything else worth having. But all the empowerment and reproductive choice offered to this generation, Walker now realizes, may actually have led to a new kind of struggle.

For fifteen years Walker recognized a persistent yearning to have a baby but feared actually choosing to do it. As a result, she almost missed what she now knows to be the single most meaningful experience of her life. In Baby Love, Rebecca Walker tells the story of her pregnancy: not just the physical evolution, but also the emotional and intellectual transformation from ambivalence to certainty to unconditional love. It's the story of the birth of her son, as well as the tale of a generation-a wise, thought-provoking, and above all engaging memoir by a writer who has proven herself to be an important voice of her era.

Baker & Taylor
A memoir of pregnancy after years of postponing parenthood describes how an award-winning writer and activist avoided becoming pregnant for some fifteen years due to a variety of circumstances and the transforming journey that ensued when she eventually elected to become a mother. By the author of Black, White, and Jewish.

Blackwell North Amer
Rebecca Walker is a bestselling memoirist (Black, White, and Jewish) with a compelling voice and view of the world. With Baby Love, her about the decision to have a child after a lifetime of uncertainty, she has written not just a memoir of her own. pregnancy, but a book about motherhood for a new generation.
Rebecca Walker is a member of a watershed generation of women, the first to take Roe v. Wade for granted, the first to believe that no profession or lifestyle was unattainable. But beneath the promise of "having it all" were mixed messages about motherhood: a woman risked being emotionally drained and intellectually stunted, losing herself in the process of caring for another. As Walker's entertaining and insightful memoir attests, these messages created a new kind of struggle for many young women, and the decision to have a child became fraught with ambivalence.
For fifteen years Walker recognized a persistent yearning to have a baby, but consistently made choices that took her further and further from her goal. As a result, she almost missed what she now knows to be the single most meaningful experience of her life. In this very smart memoir of her pregnancy at age thirty-four and the decisions leading up to it, Walker explores some of the larger sociological trends of her generation, including the search for a suitable partner, bisexuality, advancing reproductive technology, and the arduous demands of creating an intact family when one is a child of divorce. Walker's story of her pregnancy is one not just of physical evolution, but also of the emotional and spiritual transformation from ambivalence to certainty to unconditional love. It's the story of the birth of her son, as well as the tale of an era - an insightful memoir by a writer who has proven herself to be an important voice.

Baker
& Taylor

An award-winning writer describes how she avoided becoming pregnant for some fifteen years due to a variety of circumstances and the transforming journey that ensued when she eventually elected to become a mother.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781594489433
1594489432
Branch Call Number: 618.2 W1537b 2007
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 24 cm

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alitat77
Jan 10, 2011

Like the author, my mom was not the best of mothers. This, coupled with the message our culture gives women of mine and Ms. Walker's age.. that we should have careers and college degrees and sit back feeling completely fulfilled, even if childless. I don't think I could have identified more with this book. I read it while pregnant. Much of the book was also written while the author was pregnant and thinking through all these psychological issues... trying to wrestle with being a mom and what that will mean for her and how it doesn't diminish her, it builds her up. I loved this book so much I wrote a personal note to the author upon finishing it. I highly recommend the book to any single mothers, pregnant women defying what career pressures around them suggest they should be doing with their bodies, and moms struggling with how to become a mom while having never had the best role model growing up.

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