The Baby on the Fire Escape by Julie Phillips
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An insightful, provocative, and witty exploration of the relationship between motherhood and art—for anyone who is a mother, wants to be, or has ever had one. What does a great artist who is also a mother look like? She explores the conflicting demands of being a mother and creating art in this astute look at how trailblazing artists stayed true to their craft. When people imagine artists, Phillips suggests, they picture “solitary concentration.” To counter this, the author asks, “What does it mean to create, not... in ‘a room of one’s own,’ but in a shared space?