Abby West
March 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Baby Love

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Rebecca Walker
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

The subtitle of Rebecca Walker’s Baby Love, ”Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence,” speaks to the heart of this thoughtful book. Walker, a prominent feminist and author of 2001’s Black, White and Jewish, deconstructs the struggle of many women who, though weaned on the idea of a woman’s right to choice, have viewed motherhood ”with more than a little suspicion.” Walker also includes details of her contentious relationship with her mother, Color Purple author Alice Walker, and her role as a co-parent to a former lover’s child. Not surprisingly, she finds that her primal, unconditional love for her newborn son trumps all ideological concerns. A-

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