Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness - Jessica Valenti
The title of this book is misleading. I thought it would be mostly about having children vs childfree. The book is actually about issues that parents face and how American society tends to avoid examining the structural causes of these issues, instead putting the burden of responsibility completely on parents. As a result of such pressures, parents are more neurotic and less happy, which in turn negatively effects the welfare of children. Valenti quotes a lot of studies and covers a lot of ground. This book is meant to be more of a broad overview rather than a deep area study. While I personally might have liked her to go deeper on a few pet subjects (childfree, for example), I didn't mind the generality of the text. Even though I do not plan to have children, I know (and love) a lot of people who have kids and I am concerned about these issues too. This book really made me think and made me want to look into some of the topics more on my own. At the end of the day, I think that's the point of Why Have Kids?. It's a jumping off point for discussion instead of the last word.Audiobook Notes: The narrator did a good job. She was easy to understand, which is critical for a non-fiction book. Some spots, where she said names and article titles, came off a little stilted but I think she was talking slowly and enunciating more in case the listener wanted to write the details down. I'll deal with stilted if it's for a good cause.