As a recap of our first year, I thought I would do a compilation post on the fiction and non-fiction books in the childfree realm that have been reviewed on this site. (Click through to read a review!)
Baby Proof (2006)
Popular chic lit novelist takes on "outside the norm" again, this time with a childfree married couple. The story unfolds when the husband changes his mind...
Baby Not On Board (2005)
Jennifer L. Shawne
Humour book with great illustrations. Great topical blog associated with this book (see sidebar). Would appeal to parents and non-parents alike.
The Baby Trap (1997)
Includes frank discussions about cultural brainwashing, contraception and the controversies of being childfree. Offers tip on how to "turn up the heat" in your childfree marriage as well as steps to take for a more equitable co-existance in society.
Childfree and Lovin' It! (2005)
A British journalist describes why she is childfree and grateful every day. Interestingly, this book reveals interviews with parents who experience feelings of regret.
The Childless Revolution: What it Means to be Childless Today (2002)
A first-time mom and journalist looks over the fence at a path not taken. Easy to read, first-person, factually-based and well-researched.
Chosen Lives of Childfree Men (1999)
Intimate interviews with 30 men from the U.K. and the U.S. It's one of the few books out there that addresses this topic from a man's perspective.
Families of Two (2000)
Essays with couples who have decided for various reasons to be childfree. Nice photos by Krista Bartz accompany each story.
I'm Okay, You're a Brat (2001)
Susan Jeffers, PhD
I Hate Other People's Kids (2006)
Written by a comedienne, guaranteed to make you squirm and laugh. A bit heavy on the sarcasm, but a classic tirade in the childfree vs. parent saga.
Maybe Baby (2006)
Edited by Lori Leibovich
A collection of essays from those who have chosen not to have children.
No Kidding (2000)
A fun, fictional account of a Silicon Valley gal who comes out to her family and co-workers as a Purple Woman.
Reconceiving Women: Separating Motherhood from Female Identity (1993)
Mardy S. Ireland, PhD
She neatly divides childfree women into three categories: transformational (always knew they didn't want kids), transitional (delay or ambivalence decided for them), and traditional (wanted kids but for some reason couldn't have them). A very balanced, mindful look at Purple Women in society...
"…summoning the legendary first woman Lilith to represent the nonmaternal creative energies that exist in every woman and by which childless women can define themselves and their experience."Smilla's Sense of Snow (1992)
- Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.
An international best seller and now a movie featuring Smilla, a very quotable Purple Woman. If you like action and solving mysteries, this book will appeal.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2004)
This fictional account of a wayward teenager will scare any fence-sitters right over to the purple side.
If you've read a good book (even if it's not good) about Puple WomenTM and we've not covered it, I invite you to do a guest post for us. Let Teri know if you would like to contribute a book review. The list above is alphabetical, but it is interesting to note that most of the books we've reviewed have been published within the last 10 years. Talk about conscious-raising!
Baby Boon: How a Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless (2000)
Read, but forgot to review:
Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (1997)
Elaine T. May
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