Otherhood by Melanie NotkinOtherhood by Melanie Notkin


byMelanie Notkin

Hardcover | March 4, 2014

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Melanie Notkin wants to change our perceptions about childless women. The rise of childless women is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated social issues of our time. Never previously have more women lived longer before having their first child or remained childless toward the end of their fertility. In the U.S., the level of childlessness of women age forty to forty-four has doubled, from 10 percent in 1976 to 20 percent in 2006. Society assumes that women either are mothers or choose not to be mothers, but waiting for love and marriage—or at least a committed union— before embarking on motherhood seems to be the least acceptable life choice for the modern woman. Nearly half of North American women of childbearing age are childless, a steep rise from 35 percent in 1976. Nevertheless, childless women are perceived as the exception, not the norm.

In Otherhood , Melanie Notkin explores this modern phenomenon to understand the reasons for this shift, the social and emotional impact of childlessness, and how this “new normal” will impact social structures in the decades to come. Part anecdotal storytelling, part inspirational, part reportage, and part manifesto, Otherhood sets out to get to the heart of the issues, enliven the societal consciousness, and trigger conversation. Notkin offers a very personal take on a trend that affects so many modern women.

Melanie Notkin is a Canadian-born entrepreneur, author, speaker, marketer,  and the leading voice of the nearly 50 percent of American women who are childless.  Notkin is the founder of SavvyAuntie.com and creator of the popular Savvy  Auntie lifestyle brand — a celebration of modern, cosmopolitan aunthood. Notkin ’ s  book on the s...
Title:OtherhoodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.35 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670067520

ISBN - 13:9780670067527

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"Life doesn’t always unfold the way we expect. In this thought-provoking, honest, and often hilarious exploration of “otherhood,” Melanie Notkin describes the pleasures and pain of coming to grips with the life she actually has—a childfull life, without children of her own. An essential read for anyone interested in what it’s like to be a woman today." - Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Happier at Home and The Happiness Project"Heartbreaking, insightful and ultimately affirming, Otherhood is Notkin's anguished but undefeated post-feminist battle cry on behalf of childless women of a certain age who refuse to settle for a lesser love." - Jonathan Tropper, bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You"In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin gives a fresh voice to a largely unseen, misunderstood part of the population: the unmarried, childless female. After you read this book, you'll discover she isn't who you thought she was." - Stacy London, Style Expert"In a poignant reported memoir, Otherhood gives voice to a growing, but often hidden segment of society: women who are still waiting for love, marriage and children. With honest humor, Melanie gives the beautiful, bright talented single women something no one else does: hope." - Amy Klein, New York Times Motherlode "Fertility Diary" columnist"In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin brilliantly reveals feminism’s dirty little secret: the most fabulous women today are not finding love, marriage, or the baby carriage. They are creating—in a way The Feminine Mystique did not predict—a new, equally extraordinary kind of happiness." - Karen Lehrman Bloch, author of The Lipstick Proviso: Women, Sex & Power in the Real World"Melanie Notkin has tapped into the deep need we all have for a new language of love. “Otherhood” is the perfect book for these times – honest, romping, vulnerable, uplifting. Read it now, because everyone will be talking about it soon." - Bruce Feiler, New York Times columnist and bestselling author of The Secrets of Happy Families"Families aren't what they used to be, but here Melanie Notkin shows that they've recombined, not fallen apart. Otherhood is powerful, not only because it charts an important role for modern women in an age of singles and solos, but also because it's sharp, witty, and insightful. A terrific read." - Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone"Otherhood is a timely book offering up valuable guidance on how to feel appreciated and supported while being self-reliant. Melanie Notkin's genuine love for her reader shines through each page. Notkin is a powerful leader for all women as they enter into 'otherhood.'" - Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles"Melanie Notkin gives a giant comforting hug to the millions of women who don’t fit neatly onto the traditional timeline of single girl-dom, marriage and motherhood. She passionately reminds us that there are many paths to fulfillment and happiness in this so-called otherhood where women embrace love, commitment and mothering at different times and in different ways than they had ever imagined. Any woman who has ever felt bad about not being “on track” will find hope and inspiration in Notkin’s readable, compelling book. The experience is like chatting with an old college friend who hands you a mug of tea and kindly reminds you to stop bitching already and get busy creating and celebrating an authentic awesome life." - Sarah Elizabeth Richards, author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It"In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin, takes the reader on an intimate and insightful journey of what it’s like to be single, never married and childless when apparently no one thinks you should be. She courageously invites us into her intimate world, experiences, and feelings, in a way most close friends wouldn’t even do. And in doing so, she beautifully highlights the importance of being authentic and true to yourself, even if your dreams and wishes don’t come on cue." - Dr. Robi Ludwig, psychotherapist and TV commentator"Melanie Notkin's Otherhood is empowering and enlightening for a generation of modern women who don't want to settle in order to settle down. This book will resonate not only with single women but also for those who love them." - Andrea Syrtash, author of He's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband)