320 pages, 9.35 × 6.5 × 1 in
March 4, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670067520
ISBN - 13: 9780670067527
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
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 subject, Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids , was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Spokesperson, author, and influencer, Melanie is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and a sought-after lifestyle expert.
"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