Others Like Me

Others Like Me

The Lives of Women Without Children

Written by: Louie, Nicole

A deeply personal exploration of childless and childfree women—in their own words.

Others Like Me is the story of fourteen women around the world, from different walks of life, who don’t have children. It’s also the story of why Nicole Louie had to find these women and what they taught her. Part memoir, part exploration of childlessness through candid conversations, this book showcases the many ways in which people find fulfilment outside of parenthood. And because the social expectation to procreate weighs the most on women, Louie focuses solely on them, their experiences, and how they flourish outside of motherhood. In doing so, she upends the stereotypes that diminish women who are childless by choice, circumstance, or ambivalence and offers reassurance and companionship on a path less known.

A deeply personal exploration of childless and childfree women—in their own words.

Others Like Me is the story of fourteen women around the world, from different walks of life, who don’t have children. It’s also the story of why Nicole Louie had to find these women and what they taught her. Part memoir, part exploration of childlessness through candid conversations, this book showcases the many ways in which people find fulfilment outside of parenthood. And because the social expectation to procreate weighs the most on women, Louie focuses solely on them, their experiences, and how they flourish outside of motherhood. In doing so, she upends the stereotypes that diminish women who are childless by choice, circumstance, or ambivalence and offers reassurance and companionship on a path less known.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Nov 5, 2024
Specifications 352 pages | 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Written By

NICOLE LOUIE is a Brazilian writer and translator based in Ireland. She is a former content strategist and creative writer for virtual assistants. Her curated collections of books, movies, and podcasts about childlessness by choice or circumstance can be found on Twitter and Instagram: @bynicolelouie.

Written By

NICOLE LOUIE is a Brazilian writer and translator based in Ireland. She is a former content strategist and creative writer for virtual assistants. Her curated collections of books, movies, and podcasts about childlessness by choice or circumstance can be found on Twitter and Instagram: @bynicolelouie.

"These interviews are digestible in length and fascinating in breadth, adding depth and nuance to Louie's own story … Tender, emotive and quietly revelatory."— Irish Times

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"Louie’s tone is vulnerable and empathetic, making this a must-read for everyone." — Stylist

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"A distinctive, original book, Louie’s approach to childless lives is thoughtful and empathetic. I couldn't get enough of her beautiful, lyrical prose and the care with which she holds other women’s stories. While it doesn’t shy away from some hard conversations, this book is ultimately uplifting." — Caroline Magennis, author of Harpy: A Manifesto for Childfree Women

"What a unique addition to the genre exploring women without children! Creatively interweaving her story with the stories of women she interviewed, with candour and self-reflection, Nicole Louie takes us on her journey to a deeper understanding of wanting a life that does not include motherhood. Beautifully crafted, this book shows us how inner work and learning from others leads to living assuredly in our truths." — Laura Carroll, author of The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds from Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood and Reproduction Will Create a Better World

"Deeply felt and deeply researched, books like this will help women decide what is right for them." — Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of The Sleep Watcher

Others Like Me is an important, beautiful, self-excavating memoir about female autonomy and joy found in childlessness, told with great tenderness.” — Nuala O’Connor, author of Seaborne

“Written with vulnerability and authenticity, the highs and lows of Louie's childfree journey have the poignancy of a musical symphony … I have learned from Louie's grace, generosity, and bravery. An empowering and comforting read for all women, regardless of their reproductive status." — Ali Hall, founder of the Childfree by Choice community on Twitter

"Lyrical, full of insight, humanity and compassion." — Clodagh Finn, author of Through Her Eyes: A New History of Ireland in 21 Women