Review at Gazette.net
Review at TheUnion.com
Not What I Expected: The Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to Motherhood, ed. by
Donya Currie Arias and Hildie S. Block ISBN 0-931181-26-7 363pp, $15.95. Due 3/14/2007.
"This beautiful collection belongs on every nightstand, beside the
"A collection that is by turns heartening and harrowing, insightful
and irreverent but, page after page, always honest. We don't remember
our own birth, we can't reflect our own death, so the squawking arrival
of parenthood and its glorious life tangle is our only true relationship
with the cycle of creation. Here, in essays, poems and personal dispatches,
is a sketch of that singular experience. The best thing you can say
about book on birth? It delivers. And this one does."
“I'm a father of seven and figured that by osmosis maybe I'd
learned something about motherhood. But this book opened my eyes and
my heart and made me realize how much I don't know and didn't understand.
For me, Not What I Expected is a journey through the
looking glass, to the other side of the miracle. Reading it is an experience
that I will
This book, full of pathos and humor, explores every aspect of motherhood.
The writers in this anthology take you on a ride to many unexpected
places: from the terrifying terrain of losing a baby to the exaltation
of a successful pregnancy against the odds. Here you'll find the blood
and sweat and grit of parenthood, all the real secrets that nobody
tells you before your baby is born.