the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood by Kasia James (ed.)

My rating: 
4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

‘Mother’ is a word heavy with associations.

Becoming a mother is surely one of the biggest changes and challenges in a woman’s life. It is at once an absolutely unique experience, and yet one which is so common that it is often overlooked. Motherhood is intense, relentless and absorbing, in all senses of the word.

Popular culture seems to have a split personality when it comes to motherhood – at once holding it up as a sacred ideal, and yet being a little dismissive of women as mothers. A diverse international group of women have been brave enough to share their stories, poetry and artwork to encourage you to think and feel about this most influential of relationships in a new and enlightened way.

***Contains Reading Group Questions***

My Opinion

This book is clearly structured. Cover, Contents, and Introduction are followed by the short stories, collages, poems, and illustrations. The Contributors’ chapter introduces you to the authors, a very nice supplement. The Discussion Questions complete the book, really make it whole.

the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood is certainly not a fast read. Instead, I needed to absorb the story I just read before I could start reading the next one. Some stories are heart-breaking, all may make you contemplate your life from a different point of view.

The experiences made, differ from one story to the next. While reading, I could often relate. Reading also made me grateful. My family always believed in me and my decisions.

Congratulations to all who participated in creating this book! Reading the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood does not only mean time well spent. This book provides food for thought even before reaching the reading group questions.

the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood is a book to read again. The questions for discussion certainly ensure amazing insights.

About the editor:

Kasia James writes primarily science fiction, with forays into other slightly unreal realities, and is the author of the novel ‘The Artemis Effect’.

She reads widely and eclectically, in all genres from classics to mysteries to the occasional romance.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with a hydrologist and a big black cat called George.


My statement on reading is described in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood?  Or – if you did not yet read the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood – are you now interested?


I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


18 thoughts on “the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood by Kasia James (ed.)

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  5. Thanks for sharing this Karen. I look forward to reading it now, especially since I have published my own book Conflicted Hearts which deals mostly with a narcissistic mother and the guilt that some mothers have an innate ability to lay on their children. 🙂

    • You are welcome. 🙂
      This was an intense read, really thought-provoking. Several weeks ago, I wrote a short story (Valentina) on my other blog – also mentioning the relation between a daughter and her mother. I guess it is about time to read your book, now. 🙂

      • Oh thanks Karen for your interest. It seems to be an age old topic which never ceases to amaze us – mother/daughter relationships. 🙂

  6. I am awarding you the “Wonderful Team Member Readership Award” and the “I’m NOT Featured on Freshly Pressed Award”. No obligation to accept, but if you’re interested, have a look at this post which provides the details of the award. Congratulations!

  7. Hi Karen, thanks so much for reading and reviewing our antho. I think I can speak for all of the contributors when I say that we’re all so proud of the effort and the result! Thanks again.

    • Hi Khaalidah, Sandra and Kasia honoured me by asking for a review. I spent some hours digesting what you all collected in one book. You can all be really proud of this result. ‘Intense and thought-provoking’ – as I stated on the Amazon site. 🙂

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