The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood

The M Word Conversations about Motherhood A Dropped Threads style anthology assembling original and inspiring works by some of Canada s best younger female writers such as Heather Birrell Saleema Nawaz Susan Olding Diana Fitzgerald Bryden

  • Title: The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood
  • Author: Kerry Clare Heather Birrell Julie Booker Diana Fitzgerald Bryden Myrl Coulter Christa Couture Nancy Jo Cullen Marita Dachsel
  • ISBN: 9780864924872
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Dropped Threads style anthology, assembling original and inspiring works by some of Canada s best younger female writers such as Heather Birrell, Saleema Nawaz, Susan Olding, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Carrie Snyder, and Alison Pick The M Word asks everyday women and writers, some of whom are on the unconventional side of motherhood, to share their emotions and talesA Dropped Threads style anthology, assembling original and inspiring works by some of Canada s best younger female writers such as Heather Birrell, Saleema Nawaz, Susan Olding, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Carrie Snyder, and Alison Pick The M Word asks everyday women and writers, some of whom are on the unconventional side of motherhood, to share their emotions and tales of maternity Whether they are stepmothers or mothers who have experienced abortion, infertility, adoption, or struggles with having or less children, all these writers are women who have faced down motherhood on the other side of the white picket fence It is time that motherhood opened its gates to include everyone, not just the picture postcard stories The M Word is a fabulous collection by a talented author and blogger, which is bound to attract readers from all walks of motherhood The anthology that presents women s lives as they are really lived, probing the intractable connections between motherhood and womanhood with all necessary complexity and contradiction laid out in a glorious tangle It is a book whose contents themselves are in disagreement, essays rubbing up against one another in uncomfortable ways There is no synthesis is motherhood an expansive enterprise, or is motherhood a trap except perhaps a general sense that being a mother and not being a mother are each as terrible and wonderful as being alive is What these essays do show, however, is that in this age of supposed reproductive choice, so many women still don t have the luxury of choosing their mothering story or how it will play out And those who do exercise choice often still end up contending with judgement or backlash The essays also make clear that women are not as divided between the mothers and the childless as we might be led to believe Women s lives are so much complicated than that There is mutual ground between the woman who decided to have no children and the woman who decided to have none at all A woman with no children also endures a similar kind of scrutiny as the woman who s had many, both of them operating outside of societal norms A woman who has miscarried longs to be acknowledged for her own beyond visible mothering experiences, for the baby she held inside her And while infertility is its own kind of journey, that journey is also just one of so many whose origins lie with the desire for a child.
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    • Clare says:

      The essays in this book are wonderful. Some made me laugh, and some moved me to tears. It's not entirely fair to judge a book by what it's not, so I won't dwell on it, but I would have loved at least one essay about becoming a mother to a child with a disability. And I'd love to see another volume deal with mothering as action as opposed to motherhood as a state of being. I didn't really find myself in these essays, but what is here is lovely.

    • Michael Bryson says:

      thenewcanlit/2014/I'm enjoying reading this book. I enjoy the diversity of the stories, the variations of circumstance.I wonder why, though, in 2014 we can't have a book about parenting. The P Word. How many generations until these marketing categories get broken down?But it's not just that, I know. The entire parent council of the school across the street from my house is made up of women. Women are the do-ers, overwhelmingly. They make the household spending decisions, overwhelmingly. They org [...]

    • Ann Douglas says:

      The M Word offers an intelligent conversation about motherhood, providing a variety of perspectives on what it means to become a mother (or not). The book is honest and inclusive. Every woman will find her experience reflected somewhere in these stories.[ reviewed from galleys ]

    • Julie says:

      I need to buy more copies of this wonderful anthology because I keep giving it away to friends who I think will find comfort in it. Penned by 25 very fine Canadian authors (thoughtfully curated by Kerry Clare) these are honest, brave, penetrating stories representing a wide spectrum of experience.

    • Laura Frey (Reading in Bed) says:

      This is everything I wanted in an essay collection about motherhood. Not perfect, but I love the kind of random approach of listing the essays alphabetically rather than sorting into themes because parenting IS pretty random. Several of these essays made me cry with recognition of something really honest that gets lost in these conversations the ambivalence we're all good mothers and we're all bad mothers. I'm the same person I was before becoming a mother, and I'm a totally different person. I [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      The most subversive collection of essays on motherhood I have read. Overall, the collection of experiences gathered by editor Kerry Clare covers an impressive range of experiences and reactions to motherhood--including infertility, loss, nannying, teenagers, indecisiveness and disinterest (by which I mean electing to be childless). It is challenging reading.However, some essays are better written than others, and I would have preferred if the stories had been organized in some other way rather t [...]

    • Alexis says:

      Excellent collection of essays about motherhood, infertility, ambivalence and not having children etc. For some reason, I found myself really affected by the essays about becoming a stepmother, which is weird because I have no connection to it in my life. (I think I was thinking about a friend who became a stepmother last year)This is a really beautiful and thoughtful book. I read it in one sitting.

    • Erin says:

      Thoughtful and diverse collection of essays that all women can relate to. Each essay is unique and represents a different take on being a mother - or not being a mother as the case may be. While there are other books that share stories of motherhood, most of them seem to be geared towards first-time moms and have a predominately light and almost superficial treatment of motherhood. The essays in this book are more thoughtful, sometimes dark, intensely personal and very touching.

    • H says:

      This was hit and miss. Probably about 3 or 4 were really good, and a handful were a real slog.

    • Elle says:

      This is a wonderful anthology, with so much to unpack here. It truly covers the range of what it means to be a mother, from those who choose to have children freely, to those who make the choice not to be a mother at all, and everything in between. There is so much valuable wisdom here, and I think I will come back to it time and time again. The essay by Kerry Clare (the editor) on the her experience of motherhood seen from the other side of a previous abortion was a standout entry.However, ther [...]

    • Literary Mama says:

      Honest, genuine, inclusive conversations about motherhood are rare. Even rarer are the conversations that include and honor women "whose relationships to motherhood are complicated." The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood, edited by Kerry Clare, presents a rich, dynamic, occasionally conflicting conversation about motherhood that includes all women.Read Literary Mama's full review here: literarymama/reviews/a

    • Sam Read says:

      This sort of book reminds us that it is normal to think and reflect upon the experience of mothering, from no matter which perspective. I do find it a little braised towards Toronto, and would love to see more stories about rural lifestyles, but perhaps there. Is room for another edition!

    • Andrea MacPherson says:

      I liked a lot of this collection--honed essays dealing with the many facets of motherhood. Yet there were a few that felt repetitive, in both style and content, and a select few that simply did not sit well with me. Overall, though, kudos to editor Kerry Clare for selecting varied, nuanced pieces.

    • Lisa says:

      Fantastic anthology, though I agree with other reviewers that more differse socioeconomic perspectives would have rounded out and deepened the collection.

    • Julia says:

      As someone who isn't a mother, but plans/hopes to be at some point, I really enjoyed this collection. I'll be discussing it with a mother friend and I'm looking forward to our differing perspectives!

    • Emma W says:

      Just loved it. Brought to tears many times, by the telling of what could be seen as mundane or average stories and moments of women's lives by some incredible writers.

    • Anna Kramer says:

      Personal essays about all aspects of having children (or not). Inspiring -

    • Charlene says:

      I really enjoyed this book.

    • Erin says:

      Enjoyed the range of stories

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