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Mothercoin by Elizabeth Cummins Muñoz
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Apr 25, 2023 | ISBN 9780807008171

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“Muñoz lays bare how essential motherhood is to the functioning global economy. Especially in the wake of the pandemic’s massive disruptions to work and childcare, Mothercoin is an affecting, essential read.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“This is a necessary and long-overdue examination of motherhood, immigration, class, ‘women’s work’ and who performs it – and the consequences of the lack of value we put upon them all.”

“Muñoz offers valuable insights on a thorny social issue. Feminists and immigrant rights activists will savor this thought-provoking cultural analysis.”
Publishers Weekly

“A sensitive investigation of the lives and work of immigrant nannies . . . A perceptive look into a hidden world.”
Kirkus Reviews

“I found the subject of this book so essential to the understanding of female labor, its social value, and its implications in our everyday lives, that I would recommend Mothercoin as a mandatory reading for every freshman class in College in the US. This is an account that affects all of us, and the stories collected by the author bring forward uncomfortable questions that must be raised.”
—Anadeli Bencomo, Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston

“Beautifully written, a perfect balance between the humanity of the women portrayed in it, and the self-consciousness of the author about her own role in that context. A timely, important work, and I can’t wait to see it out there, sparking conversations around one of the most important gears that keep this country running.”
—Eileen Truax, author of We Built the Wall, Dreamers, and How Does it Feel to be Unwanted?

Table Of Contents

Park Benches


1. Motherland
2. Crossing Over


3. The Nature of the Job
4. Pregnant Complications
5. Las Patronas


6. Los Niños
7. Love and Labor
8. Telling Stories

The Brown Mother Beside Me


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