One of the most provocative and talked about books of the year, Selfish, Shallow and Self Absorbed is the stunning collection exploring one of society's most vexing taboos. One of the main topics of cultural conversation during the last decade was the supposed "fertility crisis," and whether modern women could figure out a way to have it alla successful career and the required 2.3 children before their biological clock stopped ticking.
Now, however, conversation has turned to whether it's necessary to have it all (see Anne Marie Slaughter) or, perhaps more controversial, whether children are really a requirement for a fulfilling life. In this exciting and controversial collection of essays, curated by writer Meghan Daum, thirteen acclaimed female writers explain why they have chosen to eschew motherhood. Contributors include Lionel Shriver, Sigrid Nunez, Kate Christiansen, Elliott Holt, Geoff Dyer and Tim Kreider, among others, who will give a unique perspective on the overwhelming cultural pressure of parenthood. This collection makes a smart and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path to a happy, productive life and takes our parent centric, kid fixated, baby bump patrolling culture to task in the process. In this book, that shadowy faction known as the childless by choice comes out into the light.