Books by Phyllis Chesler
"Phyllis Chesler's Sacred Bond is fascinating and essential reading for anyone interested in the crucial debate over mothers' rights."
"In her latest book, Sacred Bond: The Legacy of Baby M. Phyllis Chesler brings a feminist version of the Wisdom of Solomon to the complex issues surrounding parental rights and custody. Chesler's account of the story reads quickly and easily - at times almost like a fast-paced thriller, thanks to her excellent writing. Using the Baby M case as a launching pad, she raises a series of tough questions that force the reader to confront the contradictions inherent in our present definitions of family, father, mother, child."
"Phyllis Chesler's work is our public conscience. We owe her an enormous debt for keeping cutting-edge feminist issues alive."
"Though she writes from an avowedly radical feminist perspective, the author explores the issues with an understanding of, and openness to, other views, rare in literature of this genre. Her book resonates with a philosophic imagination, a grace of style, and a mordant wit that, for one rapt reader, made it impossible to put down."
"A powerful critique of the way many of us were inclined to think as we read of the Sterns and of serving sociological and psychological generalizations that pass for truth today simply fail to do justice to the range and complexity of human feeling…forceful and suggestive social comment. The author rallied to Mrs. Whitehead Gould's side during her recent, extensively reported struggle with William and Elizabeth Stern. Ms. Chesler regards the Baby M case not only a tragedy for a child, for its birth mother, for its adoptive parents - the wrangling between them is amply documented - but as an instance of a larger problem she has been actively studying for some time: "The reproductive and custodial rights of all women."
I recommend this book be put on the reading list of every American school.
--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Author of Infidel and Nomad
This is a bold book, intimate and rich in detail… Chesler is a voice crying out for women. She will never stop
The 2011 Edition of Mothers on Trial
The 2009 Edition of