Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion

by Karen E. Bender, Nina de Gramont

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At a time when a woman's most complex decisions have been reduced to political rhetoric and impersonal theory, and political debate has been hijacked by pundits and name-callers, Choice joins the discourse with an assortment of candid voices in an effort to humanize the debate about reproductive rights. In addressing a wide range of women's choices-from using birth control to taking the morning-after pill, from adopting a child to putting a child up for adoption, from having an abortion to bringing a pregnancy to full term-Choice explores the complexities inherent in every reproductive decision. Including twenty-four honest, heartrending essays from established writers such as Francine Prose, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Pam Houston, Ann Hood, and Sarah Messer and emerging talents such as Kimi Faxon Hemingway, Stephanie Anderson, and Ashley Talley, Choice will allow you to truly understand the meaning of the word "choice"-regardless of what side of the debate you stand on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596929869
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 457 KB

About the Author

Karen E. Bender is the author of the novel Like Normal People. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Story, and the Harvard Review, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories. She lives in North Carolina with her family and is currently working on a novel and collection of stories.

Nina de Gramont is the author of Of Cats and Men, a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines including Isotope, Nerve, Exquisite Corpse, Post Road, and Seventeen, and her first novel, Gossip of the Starlings, is forthcoming in 2008.

Table of Contents

Introduction   Karen E. Bender   Nina de Gramont     1
The Ballad of Bobbie Jo   Jacquelyn Mitchard     17
It Could Happen to You   Sandy Hingston     29
If   Susan Ito     39
Bearing Sorrow: A Birthmother's Reflections on Choice   Janet Mason Ellerby     53
Thirty-four Years Old Today   Pam Houston     69
Personal Belongings   Kimi Faxon Hemingway     77
Termination   Deborah McDowell     95
Conceiving is Not Always the Same as Having an Idea   Catherine Newman     105
Harrison: Battling for the Chance to Make a Choice   Harriette E. Wimms     111
Mother's Day in the Year of the Rooster   Ann Hood     127
Donation   Ashley Talley     137
Summer, 1959   Carolyn Ferrell     155
A Normal Woman   Kate Maloy     173
The Decision   Katie Allison Granju     187
No Stone Unturned   K.A.C.     193
The Stories We Tell   Katherine Towler     207
A Complicated Privilege   Elizabeth Larsen     221
Woman of Heart and Mind   Denise Gess     237
Matters of the Heart: To Be a Dragon Slayer   Velina Hasu Houston     251
Trees in the Desert   Sarah Messer     269
Portrait of a Mother   Stephanie Andersen     289
Water Children   Nina de Gramont     305
Accidents: A Family History of Choice   Karen E. Bender     323
The Raw Edges of Human Existence: The Language of Roe v. Wade   Francine Prose     337
Contributor's Biographies     345

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