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Laura Jean Baker: The Motherhood Affidavits

Literati is excited to host author Laura Jean Baker who will be sharing and discussing her latest, The Motherhood Affidavits: A Memoir.

About The Motherhood Affidavits:
With the birth of her first child, Laura Jean Baker found herself electrified by oxytocin, the "love drug"--the first effective antidote to her lifelong depression. Again and again over the next eight years, Baker finds herself craving the intense highs of childbearing--cravings that, she realizes, align her much more closely with her public defender husband's desperate, drug-addled clients than with their middle-class peers. As Ryan's roster of defendants increases, so too does their family--nearly to the point of collapse.

Brilliantly crafted, impeccably written, intensely personal, The Motherhood Affidavits portrays a woman, a marriage, a family, caught in an impossible bind. Its heartbreaking resolution raises profound questions about whether we, as a society, are governed by morals or by laws--and whether either is an adequate measure of any one person's ability to parent and capacity for love.

Laura Jean Baker earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and teaches English and writing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Oshkosh, WI, with her husband and five wildly inspiring children.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Motherhood Affidavits: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615194391
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Experiment - April 3rd, 2018