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  • Copyright: 2014-02-25
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
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More American women are childless than ever before—nearly half those of childbearing age don’t have children. While our society often assumes these women are “childfree by choice,” that’s not always true. In reality, many of them expected to marry and have children, but it simply hasn’t happened. Wrongly judged as picky or career-obsessed, they make up the “Otherhood,” a growing demographic that has gone without definition or visibility until now.

In Otherhood, author Melanie Notkin reveals her own story as well as the honest, poignant, humorous, and occasionally heartbreaking stories of women in her generation—women who expected love, marriage, and parenthood, but instead found themselves facing a different reality. She addresses the reasons for this shift, the social and emotional impact it has on our collective culture, and how the “new normal” will affect our society in the decades to come.

Notkin aims to reassure women that they are not alone and encourages them to find happiness and fulfillment no matter what the future holds. A groundbreaking exploration of an essential contemporary issue, Otherhood inspires thought-provoking conversation and gets at the heart of our cultural assumptions about single women and childlessness.

Author Biography

Melanie Notkin is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, spokesperson, marketer, and the leading voice of the nearly 50 percent of American women who are childless. Notkin is the founder 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.

Notkin’s writing has appeared in The New York Times and she is a contributor to the Huffington Post and PsychToday.com. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Modern Women
Chapter 2: Love is Rich
Chapter 3: How to Get Married
Chapter 4: The Dating Bermuda Triangle
Chapter 5: Where Are the Suitable Men?
Chapter 6: From Boys to Men
Chapter 7: Old-Fashioned Dating
Chapter 8: Married Men of Manhattan
Chapter 9: Single, Again
Chapter 10: The Princes and the Poseurs
Chapter 11: Rachel Meets Harrison Black
Chapter 12: Sex in the Otherhood
Chapter 13: Was It Choice or Chance?
Chapter 14: What Choice Do We Have?
Chapter 15: A Date with Destiny
Chapter 16: My Last Chance
Chapter 17: The Vows We Make
Chapter 18: Women and Careers
Chapter 19: The Savvy Aunties
Chapter 20: Izzy Was Robbed
Chapter 21: My Lonely Grief
Chapter 22: Our Nest Eggs
Chapter 23: Mirabelle Is Having a Moment
Chapter 24: Basket Full of Mixed Emotions
Chapter 25: The Next Girls
Chapter 26: We Have a Lot to Celebrate

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