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Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed

Sixteen Writers On The Decision Not To Have Kids

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed makes a thoughtful and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path in life, taking our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby-bump-patrolling culture to task in the process. What emerges is a more nuanced, diverse view of what it means to live a full, satisfying life.

“Put aside your moralistic assumptions. The sixteen probing personal essays collected here show how deeply individual– and varied, and rich, and colorful – are the paths by which people arrive at the decision to not have children. This has to be one of the best of the many anthologies about women’s (and men’s) life stages – there’s a lot at stake here for the writers, and for readers as well.” — Katha Pollitt, author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

“I’ve never needed approval for my decision to go childless through this world, but there’ve been times when I wanted company, a sounding board, a friend that wouldn’t take the wrong way my desire to be occasionally ecstatic about not having babies and all the opportunities it affords me. Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed is all that and more. It’s sweet, heartfelt… in many ways the opposite of its title. It’s a triumph of honesty and sincerity. I imagine returning again and again to its many smart and caring voices.” — Hannah Pittard, author of Reunion

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed makes a thoughtful and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path in life, taking our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby-bump-patrolling culture to task in the process. What emerges is a more nuanced, diverse view of what it means to live a full, satisfying life.

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