SAVVY AUNTIE by Melanie Notkin


The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids
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A chic guide for new and experienced aunts that establishes their valuable family role.

Challenging the cultural stigma associated with childless women, Notkin creates a distinctive voice that draws attention to the value of an aunt’s role in families. She addresses “every Savvy Auntie—or really, any grown woman—whose life doesn’t fit the two-kids-one-husband-two-car-garage mold,” and cursorily lists all the different types of aunt in an attempt at inclusion. The author addresses an audience that has ample time and resources, most evident in the sections “Gift-Giving Savvy” and “Money and Legal Savvy.” Generous advice on how to cope with pregnancy envy and suggestions on how to increase fertility speaks to a particular group of women. Notkin does, however, include practical information, such as lists of birthing methods, infant care and safety tips. No matter what kind of aunt readers might be, the author urges them to think outside the box when she suggests that new aunts throw a party, "the DebutAunt Ball," to celebrate their unique role in the family. Advice and lists are sprinkled with witty puns that encompass the evolving role of the aunt and the changing nature of family in the modern era. Notkin ends with discussion points that can be used to bring together a supportive community of Savvy Aunties.

Communal childrearing at its finest.


Pub Date: April 26th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-199997-0
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2011


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