SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF-ABSORBED: SIXTEEN WRITERS ON THE DECISION NOT TO HAVE KIDS (EDITED BY MEGHAN DAUM)
I’m currently in the thick of reading Selfish, Shallow, and Self-absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, edited by Meghan Daum. I’m a woman in her mid-30s; I’m also married. Many of my friends are currently parents or are trying to have children, and although I’m aware that I have a so-called ticking biological clock, I also know that I’m not interested in child-rearing. Reading this book has helped me feel less alone in that decision. Though each of the writers in this anthology have different reasons for choosing not to have children, I’ve found myself identifying with aspects of all of them.