She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood
by Amie Klempnauer Miller

Beacon Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-807-00469-2.
Reviewed by Susan M. Andrus
Posted on 07/05/2010

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Cultural/Gender Focus

Universal truths apply to nontraditional people whether they realize it or not. Amie Miller and her partner, Jane, decide to have a baby together through artificial insemination. While Jane carries the baby Amie keeps a journal of her own involvement with the coming baby, its birth, and early years. Jane, still a nursing mom, returns to work after Hannah is born and Amie becomes the stay-at-home parent. Amie relates her experiences with humor and love for Hannah, but at times seems very self-absorbed, for example when she doesn't understand why Jane is tired at the end of a full day of work and pumping milk for the next day.

It seems that Amie would like us to think that lesbian parenthood is somehow unique but their child-rearing experience seems not all that different from those of traditional male/female parents. Still, it's a good read for new parents and grandparents to help them understand that these struggles apply to everyone.

Amie Klempnauer Miller is a frequent speaker about gay and lesbian families, and her writing has appeared on Salon, in Brain, Child, Greater Good magazines, and elsewhere. Miller works as a development consultant to the public media industry and lives with her partner and daughter in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit her website.

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