The Birthsmarter Book Club is a new and low-key way for our amazing community of families, friends, birth workers, and perinatal professionals to gather – to listen, learn, and be with each other.

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WHAT WE'RE READING NOW:

FATHER FIGURE, BY Jordan Shapiro: 
Gender norms are changing, and old economic models are facing disruption. As a result, parenthood and family life are undergoing an existential transformation. And yet, the narratives and images of dads available to us are wholly inadequate for this transition. Victorian and Industrial Age tropes about fathers not only dominate the media, but also contour most people's lived experience. Father Figure offers a badly needed update to our collective understanding of fatherhood—and masculinity in general. It teaches dads how to embrace the joys of fathering while guiding them toward an image of manliness for the modern world.

SAVE THE DATE | 8:30pm EST

OCTOBER 7, 2021

  • On Thursday, October 7th at 8:30pm Author, Jordan Shapiro will be joining us on Zoom for an exclusive Birthsmarter Book Club Conversation and Q+A. 

  • How does it work? It's simple! Read or listen to Father Figure (as much as you can) between now and October 7th. Register below to recieve a few reminder emails and the Zoom link and join us live on Zoom in October. 

  • Oh, and invite friends! The more the merrier. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JORDAN SHAPIRO

is father to two children and step-father to two more. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner Amanda Steinberg. He teaches in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Program. He’s senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and nonresident fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. His previous book, The New Childhood (2018), received wide critical acclaim and has been published in 11 languages. In his book, Father Figure: How to be a Feminist Dad (Little, Brown Spark 2021), Shapiro offers a norm-shattering perspective on fatherhood, family, and gender essentialism.