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Mothers and Others

Mothers and Others When are you having children Why didn t you have another child Well I guess that s your choice but They are questions asked of women all the time Beneath them is the assumption that all women want t

  • Title: Mothers and Others
  • Author: Liane Moriarty Natalie Kon-Yu Christie Nieman Maggie Scott Miriam Sved Maya Linden
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When are you having children Why didn t you have another child Well, I guess that s your choice, but They are questions asked of women all the time Beneath them is the assumption that all women want to have children, and the judgement that if they don t, they ll be somehow incomplete And that s only the beginning With parenthood taking centre stage in t When are you having children Why didn t you have another child Well, I guess that s your choice, but They are questions asked of women all the time Beneath them is the assumption that all women want to have children, and the judgement that if they don t, they ll be somehow incomplete And that s only the beginning With parenthood taking centre stage in today s moral and consumer culture and yummy mummies and domestic goddesses the stars of the show being a mother, or not being a mother, has never been so complicated It seems the list of rights and wrongs gets longer daily, with guilt ridden mothers everywhere struggling to keep on top of it all, and non mothers struggling in a culture that defines women by their wombs In this collection of fiction and non fiction stories, Australia s best women writers reflect on motherhood Their stories tackle everything from the decision not to have children to the so called battle between working and stay at home mums From infertility and IVF, to step parenting and adoption, to miscarriage and breastfeeding, child meltdowns and marriage breakdowns, the stories explore and celebrate the full gamut of the motherhood experience, and give a much needed voice to those who won t ever be called Mum.

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    1. Liane Moriarty Natalie Kon-Yu Christie Nieman Maggie Scott Miriam Sved Maya Linden

      Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband s Secret and Big Little Lies Her breakout novel The Husband s Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Best Book of 2013 and has been translated into over 40 languages It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list CBS Films has acquired the film rights With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list An HBO series based on Big Little Lies is currently in production, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon Writing as L.M Moriarty, Liane has also written a children s book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter Her new novel, Truly Madly Guilty, will be released in July 2016.

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    1. Mothers but not exactly the Others I was expecting. Don't get me wrong there is some very good writing in this book but as someone who does not want children and has had managed their life around that (dodging expectations, finding a partner who also does not want children, trying several times unsuccessfully to get steralised) it was disheartening to me that a book of womens voices surrounding motherhood and non motherhood basically confirmed the social ideology that most women are searching fo [...]


    2. Wow, I really liked many short stories from this book, especially the ones when a writer shared such a personal things about her life I can't even imagine to be able to share with anyone, not writing about it openly. This book gave quite a wide spectrum of what it means to be a mother, choosing not to be a mother or dealing with the fact that you can't be a mother. For me personally this situation is still a bit farther away in the future, still it made me think about things I haven't thought be [...]


    3. This is now one of my favourite essay collections. I really enjoyed almost all of the contributions included, especially the fictional ones. The pieces were original and compelling and I admire the honesty and rawness of the writers for telling the truth about topics that the media seems to find contentious and that people love to judge both mothers and others for. Another thing I loved about this collection was that all of the women write very well, and many write very beautifully indeed. All o [...]


    4. ‘Mothers & Others: Australian writers on why not all women are mothers and not all mothers are the same’ is the 2015 anthology collection of stories from editors Natalie Kon-yu, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott, Miriam Sved and Maya Linden. This is the same writers group – turned editorial team – who put out one of my favourite 2013 books: ‘Just Between Us’, an anthology all about female friendships. I adored ‘Just Between Us’, not only for the calibre of female authors assemble [...]


    5. I came across this book as part of my ongoing exploration of the reasons behind my ambivalence about having children. I started reading it with the expectation of finding more voices of “childfree” women. Although that expectation wasn’t quite met and the book was dominated more by mothers than by “others”, I still enjoyed reading about the various viewpoints and experiences shared in the form of fiction and non-fiction short stories. There was humour, depth, pain, loss (of identity an [...]


    6. Some good stories, but only three that really had an impact on me. Poorly edited, too. Debra Lee Furness's in particular was very bad, I think perhaps it was a speech she may have presented somewhere and they just plonked it in, to add weight to the list of authors with mothering causes. And why is Liane Moriarty listed with the editors, when technically she's not? More weight. Not needed. Some great stories in here and I've discovered some authors I would like to follow up. That's one of the be [...]


    7. This book was a mixed bag. What it says about human parenting is interesting, especially new focus and studies on grandmothering and alloparenting as an evolutionary advantage for offspring. More care-givers multiplies the child's opportunities for learning from various life experiences, and also provides back-up and respite for biological parents who may be lacking or become absent. Interestingly, these parenting patterns also allow biological parents more freedom. The author successfully lays [...]


    8. - Stopped reading this one. Borrowed for Liane Moriarty but couldn't really get into the different short stories too much.


    9. I was so disappointed by this book, though largely because of the misleading title and synopsis. Where were the 'others', the reason I picked up this book? The synopsis includes " the assumption that all women want to have children, and the judgement that if they don't, they'll be somehow incomplete." However, the majority of the stories were about women who were mothers or who desperately wanted to become mothers - what about those who are childless by choice? As Carla said in her review, the b [...]


    10. As with all anthologies, this book contained stories that I enjoyed, some that I felt ambivalent about, and some that I think needed more work. Most of the stories were well written, and I like how the editors have ensured that there is a range of experiences documented. Although I felt a couple of stories needed more work to be up to standard, this book is well worth a read and contains important narratives.


    11. A great array of writers and I loved the mix of fiction and non-fiction. I particularly enjoyed the contributions of Brooke Davis, Alice Pung, Geraldine Brooks, Frances Whiting, Kathleen Mary Fallon, Emily Maguire, Melinda Marchetta and Maggie Scott. This would make a great gift.




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