In all the flurry of international ESP talk this past week, we've almost forgotten to celebrate that we became official published authors - as in, the wonderful new anthology by Rebecca Walker with our chapter in it has been released!
The book is One Big Happy Family and it contains essays by 18 authors who represent nontraditional families. Gay marriage, open adoption, sperm donation, stepfamilies, bicultural families, homeschooling, open marriage...and then there's us - Chapter 15. It is a great tribute to the simple belief that we must honor, respect, and stand aside from judgment for all types of families.
Our chapter is purely our own story - why we sought to create a different type of relationship based on equality and balance after M was born, how we navigated the early months of maternity/paternity leave, breastfeeding and 24 hour babycare, how we secured part-time work for each of us, and the challenges we faced in becoming true equals at home and in our parenting.
We had fun writing this, and feel that Rebecca Walker's book is the perfect resting place for our personal ESP 'memoir.' We hope it inspires others to realize that ESP is real and that it comes from a place of truly wishing the best for one's partner.
There is some other exciting news on the ESP literature front. Just released is a new book entitled Getting to 50/50, written by Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober. We have not yet read it but are eager to dig in. The book is focused on women - helping them to lead their best lives by harnessing the power of equal partnership with their husbands - but we hope it will not leave out the equal joys of this option for men. Coming in June is another ESP-related book: Jeremy Adam Smith's The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms and Shared Parenting are Transforming the American Family. Jeremy is a fantastic, thoughtful writer and we expect great things from his book. And in October, stay tuned for Kristin Maschka's This Is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today. Kristin sent us a copy of her manuscript recently, and we are enjoying reading her personal story of a journey out of tradition and into full-out ESP.
And, of course, there's our own book. We're wrapping up the initial manuscript now and are on schedule for publication in early 2010. More on that as we work our way toward the finish line.
It's an exciting time for ESP! Finally, the bookshelves devoted to equal parenting will no longer be empty. If this batch of books doesn't get people talking, I'm not sure what will. Hooray!