SOCIAL SCIENCES
Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer Is No
She Writes. Apr. 2019. 288p. notes. ISBN 9781631525810. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631525827. SELF-HELP
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In her debut book, former corporate staffer Kaufmann compiles stories and research about women without children with the aim of building a broader understanding of this demographic in a society in which the cultural norm for women is motherhood. The author discusses the myriad reasons women don't or can't have children and details the different paths through which non-moms navigate life. Some women focus all their energy on their careers, others nurture younger people in their midst and live in intentional communities rife with children. The particularly helpful afterword lists ways to handle typical scenarios when answering questions about childlessness and also ways in which those who have children can respect those who don't.
VERDICT Supported by extensive factual material and fascinating personal anecdotes, this engaging work provides thorough insight into the varied and fruitful lives of non-moms.

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