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7 Books to Read When It Feels Like You’re the Only One Who Doesn’t Want Kids

Book covers for "Sixteen Writers on the Decision to Not Have Kids," "Olive," and "Motherhood."
Jan 14, 2022

Just because you’re of childbearing age, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have kids. Even if that’s what society expects you to do. In fact, many people are leaning toward a life without them

More and more women are having conversations about whether or not to be childfree — particularly on social media. There are Instagram accounts that show support through memes (like Rich Auntie Supreme), Reddit threads where people rant about childfree misconceptions, and TikTok accounts that break down the choice to not be a mother and show off the freedom that comes with being childfree

But author Emma Gannon says the childfree-by-choice lifestyle isn’t often featured — at least in a positive way — in pop culture and books. So she helped us put together a list of reads that she’d recommend if you’d like to learn more. Starting with her first novel, “Olive,” which is named after the main character, a childfree woman.

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We spoke with Emma Gannon about her decision to be childfree and write about it.

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