Family and Reproductive Issues
Reign of Error
The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
Hardcover ISBN: 0385350880
"From the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System; The Language Police ("Impassioned . . . Fiercely argued . . . Every bit as alarming as it is illuminating" --The New York Times); and the now-classic Great School Wars: A History of the New York City Public Schools--an incisive, comprehensive look at today's American public schools that argues persuasively against those who claim our public school system is broken, beyond repair, and obsolete; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the rising "privatization movement" draining students--and funding--from our public schools, a book that puts forth a detailed plan of what needs to happen to schools and with public policy to insure the survival of this American institution so basic to our democracy"--
The Birth of the Pill
How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 0393351890
Documents the pivotal contributions of a feminist birth-control campaigner, a wealthy schizophrenic's wife, a disgraced Harvard scientist and a boundary-breaking Catholic doctor in the development of the birth-control pill. 40,000 first printing.
How Children Succeed
Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Hardcover ISBN: 0547564651
A foremost New Yorker and New York Times journalist reverses three decades of thinking about what creates successful children, solving the mysteries of why some succeed and others fail – and of how to move individual children toward their full potential for success.
Her Body, Our Laws
On the Front Lines of the Abortion War, from El Salvador to Oklahoma
Hardcover ISBN: 0807045527
With stories from the front lines, a legal scholar journeys through distinct legal climates to understand precisely why and how the war over abortion is being fought. Drawing on her years of research in El Salvador—the only country to ban abortion without exception—legal scholar Michelle Oberman explores what happens when a country makes ending a pregnancy a crime. She reveals the practical experiences of criminalizing abortion, such as selective enforcement, mistaken diagnoses, wrongful convictions, and a thriving black market in abortion drugs, and she describes how Salvadoran doctors and lawyers collaborate in order to identify and prosecute those suspected of abortion-related crimes. To illustrate how similar draconian polices are enforced in the United States, Oberman turns her attention to Oklahoma, one of the most pro-life states. Through a series of interviews with current and former legislators in Oklahoma, and in stories gathered from crisis pregnancy centers and abortion clinics, Oberman reveals how abortion-related laws become incentives or penalties, nudging pregnant women in one direction or another. A fresh look at the battle over abortion law, Her Body, Our Laws is an invitation to those on all sides of the issue to move beyond the incomplete discourse about legality by understanding how the law actually matters.
Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples
What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us About Work and Family
Paperback ISBN: 0820334049
When significant numbers of college-educated American women began, in the early twenty-first century, to leave paid work to become stay-at-home mothers, an emotionally charged national debate erupted. Karine Moe and Dianna Shandy, a professional economist and an anthropologist, respectively, decided to step back from the sometimes overheated rhetoric around the so-called mommy wars. They wondered what really inspired women to opt out, and they wanted to gauge the phenomenon’s genuine repercussions. Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples is the fruit of their investigation—a rigorous, accessible, and sympathetic reckoning with this hot-button issue in contemporary life. Drawing on hundreds of interviews from around the country, original survey research, and national labor force data, Moe and Shandy refocus the discussion of women who opt out from one where they are the object of scrutiny to one where their aspirations and struggles tell us about the far broader swath of American women who continue to juggle paid work and family. Moe and Shandy examine the many pressures that influence a woman’s decision to resign, reduce, or reorient her career. These include the mismatch between child-care options and workplace demands, the fact that these women married men with demanding careers, the professionalization of stay-at-home motherhood, and broad failures in public policy. But Moe and Shandy are equally attentive to the resilience of women in the face of life decisions that might otherwise threaten their sense of self-worth. Moe and Shandy find, for instance, that women who have downsized their careers stress the value of social networks—of “running with a pack of smart women” who’ve also chosen to emphasize motherhood over paid work.
All Joy and No Fun
The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Paperback ISBN: 0062072242
Drawing on a vast array of sources in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy and anthropology, an award-winning journalist challenges our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, while revealing the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. 75,000 first printing.
Not Much Just Chillin'
The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
Hardcover ISBN: 0374208824
An award-winning education reporter for the Washington Post takes readers on a harrowing tour of the middle school years, exploring issues of anxiety, conformity, and rebellion common to this age group. 30,000 first printing.
The Plain Reader
Essays on Making a Simple Life
Paperback ISBN: 0345414349
Written by Quakers, Amish, Luddites, and others who have eschewed modern technology and mass society, a collection of thought-provoking essays from Plain magazine treats such topics as home schooling, midwifery, and community gardens. Original.