Because I Said So by Kate Moses and Camilla Peri
Essays/women's studies/short stories
This is an ARC (advanced reader copy) from Harper Collins First Look program. This is also the first review I've ever done so please bear with me while I'm learning.
Interesting book. More than once I had the thoughts: "Been there, done that!" or "That's my life!". Some of the stories were a bit dry and lacked the humor I thought this book would have but the others I enjoyed made up for it. A few of my favorites were: Harry Potter and Divorce Among the Muggles, Survivor, Why I left my children and Boys! Give Me Boys!. The Scarlet Letter Z and My Surrogate were also favorites.
At the back of the book there is a section entitled Contributors' Notes. In this area they have a short description of each author who has a story in the book.. I would have liked to read these not at the end of the book but would have liked to see them either after each story or at the beginning of each story. (But that's just my opinion.)
Every story was a good story; some of the stories just hit closer to home than others for me and I believe that not all the stories that effected myself will not necessarily effect the next reader the same way but that there is at least one story in this book that everyone will be able to relate to.
I will take a moment to just describe one of the many stories in this book. My Surrogate is about one woman's struggle to have another child through surrogacy and the question of how can a surrogate carry a child for nine months and then give it up. Describes some of the details of the procedures involved and how it changes your daily lifestyle (like for instance the shots both women involved have to take and the schedule they keep).