I’m thrilled to see Meghan Daum’s book, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, getting so much great press and such good reviews. Why? Because no one really talks about not having children. Sure, declining population rates are a story sometimes, and Time ran a cover story once on the subject.
But despite the increasing choice of educated women and men not to have children, no one’s really talking about it. Except, well, for those of us who have made that choice.
People with kids don’t read about people who choose not to have kids. Why would they? And yet sometimes, I just wish that the people in my life who have children could understand.
I didn’t think many people would read this book. But maybe I’m wrong. And maybe this is that rare book about not having children that people WITH children will actually read.
Here are some great reviews of this book. They describe this book as “searing” “confrontational” “satisfying” and “profound”. This book is a fascinating read about the personal lives of sixteen authors, whether you have children or not. Each of these writers bring a different perspective to the issue.
And fellow blogger Books Speak Volumes
Are we selfish if we don’t have children? This book starts there but goes so much deeper. Give these reviews a read and see what you think.