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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.

 

Book 51/100: Maybe Baby - 28 Writers Tell the Truth about Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decison of Their Lives

Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives - Lori Leibovich

Out of all the essay anthologies I've read, I think that this one was probably the best.

It seems almost inevitable that an anthology is going to be a mixed bag, but this one didn't have any standout "duds." Some were certainly more moving than others; in particular, the essays about why people chose not to have children felt more didactic, whereas the essays from parents were more narrative in nature. Still, every essay was well written, most of them were vivid, and some of them will probably stick with me for a while. While none of them fell particularly short, it's also true that none of them totally blew me away. This is a solid four-star collection for those interested in memoir, or the decision "to be or not to be" when it comes to parenthood.