Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America

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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
Author and memoirist Nefertiti Austin writes about the erasure of diverse voices in motherhood. Her work around this topic has been short-listed for literary awards and appeared in the Washington Post, Rebel Girls Boundless, Huffington Post, MUTHA, The Establishment,,, Adoptive Families magazine, PBS SoCal's To Foster Change and PBS Parents. She was the subject of an article on race and adoption in The Atlantic and appeared on HuffPost Live and One Bad Mother, where she shared her journey to adoption as a single Black woman. Nefertiti's expertise stems from firsthand experience and degrees in U.S. History and African-American Studies. Nefertiti is a former Certified PS-MAPP Trainer, where she co-led classes for participants wanting to attain a license to foster and/or adopt children from foster care system. She is an alumna of Breadloaf Writers' Conference and VONA, and her first two novels, Eternity and Abandon, helped usher in the Black Romance genre in the mid-1990s.
"Motherhood So White blew me away. Nefertiti's honest account of her unique journey to parenthood serves as a sharp reminder that in our society, parenting is not a colorblind experience. This is an important book for anyone committed to creating a more equal playing field for all our children." -- KJ Dell, Antonia, author of How to Be a Happier Parent
"Austin's frank voice and determined spirit speak truth to the media powers that present #MotherhoodSoWhite, while relaying her history and thoughtful parenting decisions... a needed and important contribution." -- Meg Lemke, Editor-in-Chief of MUTHA
"Austin captures both the love and fear of her parenting experience in this powerful, spirited narrative." -- Publishers Weekly
"Eye-opening, trenchant book, which helps to bolster the scant literature for African American adoptive parents that Austin has pioneered by blogging for publications such as MUTHA magazine and the Huffington Post...Austin's experiences, both positive and negative, are recounted in this fast-paced, heartwarming memoir of motherhood and adoption told through an African American lens." -- Library Journal-STARRED review
"A moving and necessary corrective to the primarily white narrative on adoption." -- Booklist
"Austin challenges readers to question the ideal of motherhood as being synonymous with whiteness. Along the way, within the adoption system and the broader community...she tackles the inherent sexism, classism, and racism wn essential addition to the literature about adoption, reflecting a viewpoint that is sorely lacking. " -- Kirkus Reviews
"Motherhood So White is a testament to the power of love as a radical act and an urgent call to reclaim motherhood from institutionalized whiteness." -- BookPage
"Both informational and inspiring, and is a much-needed addition to the literature of motherhood." -- BookRiot