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Baby Love

Choosing Motherhood After A Lifetime of Ambivalence

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Praise for Baby Love

“In this powerful new memoir, Walker tells of her physical and emotional journey toward motherhood, poignantly reflecting on the ambivalence that has delayed her dream of having a child for years. Walker’s story is accessible and richly textured, told with humor, wit and warmth." --Publishers Weekly

“Walker thoughtfully deconstructs the struggle of many women who, though weaned on the idea of a woman’s right to choice, have viewed motherhood ‘with more than a little suspicion.’ Not surprisingly, she finds that her primal, unconditional love for her newborn son trumps all ideological concerns.”--Entertainment Weekly

“Walker uses her sharp intelligence to examine the joyful, terrifying journey to parenthood and the complex roles of mother and child. As Walker, now 37, begins her pregnancy in 2004, she is torn between the desire to be a loving daughter—to a brilliant, difficult woman who has her own ambivalence about motherhood—and the desire to love unconditionally as a mom. You know she’ll do just fine embracing motherhood, in all its sloppy, intimate selflessness and glory.” --People

“A thoughtful and amusing play-by-play of pregnancy and birth, investigating the difference between the theory surrounding motherhood and the scary, messy, snuggly practice of it.” --The Washington Post Book World 

Baby Love is a gorgeous memoir, confessional in the most universal of ways. In richly-detailed prose, Walker takes us on her journey toward motherhood, and womanhood, and, ultimately, personhood, with unflinching honesty and raw, painfully beautiful storytelling. --Alisa Valdes, author of Make Him Look Good 

"With honesty, passion, intelligence, wisdom, and insight, Rebecca Walker tracks her journey from experiencing a deep but conflicted biological urge for a child to her exquisitely unambivalent, joyous commitment to motherhood. Along the way, she reexamines her own family relationships, and shares her fears, worries, and eventual understanding about what is ultimately important in life and love. Beautifully written, Baby Love will resonate with any woman who has fallen in love with her baby or is wrestling with choosing motherhood." -- Miriam Arond, Editor-in-Chief of Child magazine

"Walker sways on a kind of scary, sublime suspension bridge, stretched between being somebody's child and becoming somebody's mother, and turning her fiercely compassionate intelligence to both. Thanks to her unique vision, the familiar views along the way become nothing short of astounding." --Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy

"Those of us who have followed Rebecca Walker have come to expect a brilliant journey, one that locates the balance between reason and emotion, blood and sinew. Baby Love does not disappoint. As a daughter, but most of all as a mother I read this book and was transformed." --Asha Bandele, author of The Prisoner's Wife

"In Baby Love, Rebecca Walker has shone a bright light on the Ambivalent Generation. Moving, wise, and deeply honest, Baby Love has illuminated a crucial question for our times." --Danzy Senna, author of Symptomatic

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