Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of by Rebecca Walker

By Rebecca Walker

From the foreign bestselling writer of Black, White, and Jewish comes a "wonderfully insightful" (Associated Press) ebook that's destined to turn into a motherhood vintage. Now in trade.

Like many girls her age, thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Walker used to be cited to be skeptical of motherhood. As an grownup she longed for a child yet feared wasting her independence. during this highly intelligent memoir, Walker explores a few of the higher sociological tendencies of her new release whereas providing her personal tale concerning the emotional and highbrow transformation that led her to motherhood.

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Reznick has no nostalgia for the old system. ” Now there was WorldCat, which could tell you in a nanosecond that all three had it, and so did the college up the road. ” With the public librarian’s pragmatism, she and the rest of the Chappaqua staff recycled the thousands of loose cards from the old catalog as scratch paper. Reznick rarely bought books once she became a librarian; she borrowed most of what she read—history, mainly. But she remembered accumulating books in grad school. ” Dumpster-diving for books!

For my money, though, the librarians themselves were the winners, skillful jockeys who could tear through tracks of all kinds of information and race back with the prize, the right answers. In late 1996, the Benton Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation released a joint report titled Buildings, Books, and Bytes that questioned the value of librarians. Both foundations have been leaders in researching educational uses for media and the Internet, and this report was a valuable sounding, an effort to get a sense of what the public wanted from libraries.

She has a rubber mat rolled up under her arm and is walking around one of the soft new park benches recently installed by the city, palpating it hungrily. A small crowd has collected around her, listening to her complicated monologue: Birds of Prey Cards, sunspot souffle, Antarctic unemployment. Jeffrey hesitates. I’ve never seen one so far gone, he thinks. But, judging her young enough to warrant hope, he gently takes the rubber mat from the woman, unrolls it upon the pavement, and helps her to assume the memory-elimination posture.

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