Books About Choosing (or Not Choosing) Motherhood: Background information when reading The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano

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The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano

by Donna Freitas

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Books About Choosing (or Not Choosing) Motherhood

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Over the past couple of decades, it's become more socially acceptable to talk and to write about the complexities of motherhood. It's also become less taboo to acknowledge—as Rose does in The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas—that motherhood is not the right choice for every woman. The following books articulate, in different ways, the ambivalence or unease many women feel toward the prospect of becoming mothers.

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