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Book Review: 'On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood In America'

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On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America

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Melissa Ludtke
Politics and Current Events

We gave it an A-

Single moms — a ”curiosity” to some, a ”monstrosity” to others — rear about a third of all children born today. To flesh out such statistics and stereotypes — and inform her own decision to become a single mom — former Time correspondent Ludtke conducted dozens of interviews with both Yuppie mothers and their teenage, inner-city counterparts to compare their choices, lives, and values. In On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood In America Ludtke’s conclusion on the broader issue — that marriage will be revived only if it more equitably accommodates both parents — is backed by anecdotes in this sensitive, intelligent study. A-