Friday Reads: Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed

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“Nonmotherhood is forever. Making a conscious choice about something so fundamental, and so intertwined with one’s own past, with society’s expectations, and with notions of femininity and the purpose of life, takes every ounce of will you have; going against the grain always does.”

I saw the book Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers On The Decision Not To Have Kids featured on a table at the bookstore recently and knew immediately it was something I wanted to read. Aside from the fact the Lionel Shriver, one of my favourites, is a contributor, this subject is one that I find fascinating. And not only because I’m in my mid-thirties, married, without children. Even if you have kids I think this book of well-written essays is worth reading. Each story is different and there are new insights to gain from these writers. The quote above is my favourite from the book so far.

What are you reading? 

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