So while we're on the topic of community, I thought it would be a good idea to set the books--not necessarily the dates--for the next few tours so people could order books all at once from Amazon to save on shipping (especially bloggers outside the US).
Technically, our next book is Maybe Baby--it's a collection of essays about choosing whether or not to try to conceive*. It runs the gamut from people who decide prior to ever trying that parenthood isn't for them to people who try and conceive easily but have regrets to people who can't conceive at all. I haven't read it yet, but Lindsay has and she said that from what she remembers, it really is a mix. So question number one (1) is do you want to still read this knowing that you may be reading essays from people who could easily have a child and chose not to as well as people who wanted to conceive and couldn't? How much would it bother you to read an essay or two about easy conception amongst people also discussing how they couldn't conceive? The reality is that if people don't ask questions that are directed at those essays, people could easily skip them. But I'm really unsure how much of the book is...skip-worthy...in your eyes. I thought a collection of essays could be a fun read.
Regardless of how people vote for question one, we still need to choose the next few books (and either one of these books will become book tour #5 or we'll keep Maybe Baby as book tour #5 and make these books #6 or #7).
The other books that scored high when we voted a few months ago were Inconceivable by Julia Indichova and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. So I'm throwing them onto the list again. What other books have caught your interest--both non-fiction or fiction--that have infertility or pregnancy loss as part of the book? I'd love to read Tertia's book So Close, but I'm not sure how feasible that is because it's only being sold via a South African distributor. Has anyone in the US purchased it and how much/how easy was it to obtain a copy? What about other countries? Other books I'll put out there for the list are The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer (has pregnancy loss as a theme), The Kid by Dan Savage (about his open adoption experience), and Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott (conceiving and raising her son on her own).
So throw out ideas now and we'll put it to a vote this weekend. Any other ideas that people would recommend? Any books listed above that you would definitely remove from the list of choices? Also--make sure the books are easy enough to obtain through online sources or libraries. Or brick-and-mortar bookstores...
*Taken from the Politics and Prose write-up of Maybe Baby: to breed or not to breed? That is the question twenty-eight accomplished writers -- including Anne Lamott, Rick Moody, Kathryn Harrison, and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez -- ponder in this collection of provocative, honest, and deeply personal essays. Based on a popular series at Salon.com, "Maybe Baby" features parents and nonparents alike exploring how and why they decided whether to have children. This powerful collection offers both frank and nuanced looks at those choices, both alternative and traditional, from a wide range of viewpoints. From abortion to adoption, from ambivalence to baby lust, from single parenting to searching for the right partner to have a baby with, "Maybe Baby" brings together the full force of opinions about this national -- but also intensely personal -- debate.