Author note: Nan Bauer Maglin is Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Nancy Schniedewind is Professor of Educational Studies at the State University of New York, New Paltz.
Nan Bauer Maglin is Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.
Introduction Part I: Perspectives Stepmothers: 1. Letters from a Custodial Stepmother Christine Bryson 2. Ten Times Harder: Becoming a Stepmother Suzanne L. Bunkers 3. My Extended Family Andrea Starr Alonzo 4. Stepmother Carol Ascher 5. Benjamin Deborah Rosenfelt 6. Parenting on the Edge Sophia Carestia 7. The Barbie Doll Fight Gale McGovern 8. Second Wife: Eleven Poems Helane Levine-Keating 9. One Step Away from Mother: A Stepmother's Story Alice Neufeld 10. The Envious Heart Helane Levine-Keating Mothers: 11. Only My Favorite Mommy Sheila Alson 12 . A Rainbow Family in the Deep South Yandra Soliz 13. The Step-Wedding Wilma Wolfenstein 14. Daisy Chain Morgan David Stepdaughters: 15. Lizzie's Axe Helane Levine-Keating 16. Mementos Kathy Chamberlain 17. Stealing Clothes from My Stepmother Alison Townsend 18. The Woman and Her Past Ines Rodriguez 19. "Whose Side Are You on Anyway?" A Stepdaughter Ponders the Unanswerable reminiscences by O.C., edited by Yvonne Stam 20. The Mother Who Is Not the Mother But Is Alison Townsend 21. Name and Shelter Made Me Homeless: Notes from an Interview with a Latina Stepdaughter Elisa Davila 22. When East Meets West: Second Mothers and Abandoned Daughters Shirley Geok-Lin Lim 23. What Really is a "Normal" Family? Erin Marie Hettinga Stepgrandmothers: 24. I'm My Own Stepgrandma Juanita R. Howard 25. From Dutiful Daughter to Stepgrandmother Judith Hocking Hioos Part II: Stepping Out 26. Choosing Consciousness Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich 27. Cross-Sex Stepparenting: A Personal Essay Kathleen Dunn 28. The New Family and the Old Ideology Judith Grant 29. The Strengths of African-American Stepfamilies Margaret Wade-Lewis 30. Grown-up Steps: Reflections on Two Generations of Stepmothers and Their Adult Stepdaughters Hedva Lewittes 31. Working-Class Mothering and the Problem of Weaning Dympna C. Callaghan 32. Reading Stepfamily Fiction Nan Bauer Maglin Part III . Transforming Both Within and Without 33. Lesbian Stepfamilies and the Myth of Biological Motherhood Connie Miller 34. Less Than a Mother More than a Friend Barbara Drucker 35. Step-by-Step Parenting Dee, Wendy, and Viivi-Ann Shirley 36. My Wife-in-Law and Me: Reflections on a Joint-Custody Stepparenting Relationship Sarah Turner 37. There for Each Other: A Stepmothers' Support Group Nancy Schniedewind 38. The Company of Children Catharine R. Stimpson