This mesmerizing book is filled with surprising stories about the love between woman and children. It reveals how biological mothers are at times replaced or supplemented by other women who bond with their children. Most of all, it is a book about love. Marguerite Bouvard has opened the door to a set of life experiences that were invisible until now. Everyone can benefit from walking through that door with her.
—Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D, Jacob Potofsky Professor of Psychology, Brandeis University.
"Mothers in All but Name," following in the tradition of Sara Ruddick's classic "Maternal Thinking" demonstrates that the word mother is best understood as a verb, or practice, one that may be assumed by anyone—grandparents, aunts, sisters, friends, strangers, nannies—who is committed to the care of children. Divesting care of biology, Bouvard's study marks a radical rethinking and reframing of the meaning of motherhood for the 21th century.
—Andrea O'Reilly, Founder and Director, Association for Research on Mothering.