And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

Operating Instructions for the Millennial set: a fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up. Meaghan O'Connell always felt totally alienated by the cutesy, sanctimonious, sentimental tone of most writing about motherhood. After getting accidentally pregnant in her twenties, she realized that the book she needed--a brutally honest, agenda-l Operating Instructions for the Millennial set: a fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like ...

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Title:And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready
Author:Meaghan O'Connell
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316393843
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready Reviews

  • Colleen
    Apr 21, 2018
    Looking forward to the day when a memoir that grapples honestly with the universal ordinariness of motherhood doesn?t feel like a fucking revelation. Until then, we have this wonderful book that so carefully observes the finest details of those early days of creating and sustaining a...
  • Susan
    May 10, 2018
    There's obviously a lot I could relate to in this, being a person who has had a child, and there are certain things the author said that were just so true for me and it felt good to have that solidarity and acknowledgement from someone (I made a lot of highlights on my kindle). And, al...
  • Caroline
    Apr 16, 2018
    Online, our friends are famous to other friends: one girlfriend?s caption wit crowned her my ?funniest? friend, so much that when she became engaged, strangers cheered her. O?Connell has that appeal, frankness you know second or third-hand but follow assiduously. This book i...
  • Emily
    Apr 17, 2018
    I passed out on the subway while reading this book. There were probably a lot of other factors involved, but I don't think that Meaghan O'Connell's description of an epidural helped. ...
  • Cynthia Shannon
    Mar 23, 2018
    I'm the kind of person who likes to prepare for the worst-case scenario. If I know what the worst possible outcome might be then I can mentally prepare myself for that and be positively surprised if it's not as bad as I thought it would be. This book does exactly that and it's finally ...
  • Racheal
    Apr 09, 2018
    As someone who doesn't plan to have kids, I did not expect to be so engrossed by this or to identify with it so thoroughly. It just hit a pitch-perfect tone for me; there's no navel-gazey, hippy mom bullshit in sight, just a particular mix of insecurity and mild cynicism that character...
  • Gretchen
    May 23, 2018
    I am not sure how I feel about this book. I liked the writing, I found it relatable, I think it was a brave book to write. But also, I kind of hated reading it. You wouldn't know, because I devoured it in less than 24 hours, but I found myself so frustrated with the narrator (if you di...
  • Adrienne
    Jan 22, 2018
    I related to this book very deeply, which is maybe odd, because I don't actually have children. But I'm trying to decide if I want to, and reading this memoir allowed me to feel like I was sitting inside a close friend's mind while she experienced everything for me. (Convenient! Except...
  • Kelley
    Apr 23, 2018
    Okay, maybe 4.5 or 5 stars for me. This book is probably not for everyone, but so many things rang so true for me. And I?m tempted to write a review rehashing my pregnancy, the birth of my girls, and the first 6 months or so after they were born. Because this book brought all the fee...
  • Bailey
    Apr 21, 2018
    I didn't expect to read this in one day but I couldn't put it down. Harrowing in a variety of ways from beginning to end, it made me think of all the conversations I've had with friends in the last few years, about living in Brooklyn and coming up on 30 and looking at the future. Ov...
  • Madeleine
    May 20, 2018
    This book, at the very least, turned me off getting pregnant until I forget everything I ever read about it, so there's that. I know I'm skewed a little younger than the target audience, but I just think this is a large part of the "Getting Real About Motherhood" perspective that I...
  • Amy
    Apr 30, 2018
    Every once in a while there is some genuine insight here, but this was for the most part kind of shallow and annoying. I wanted something that explores the complexity of motherhood, like how you love your kids, you would die for your kids, but if you had it to do over again you might n...
  • Emily May
    Mar 20, 2018
    A woman had an electric razor out and was shaving my pubic hair. I debated asking her if she accepted tips and decided against it. This was such an enjoyable reading experience. I laughed, I remembered, I nodded along with some of the author's experiences and cringed at others. I su...
  • Annie Hartnett
    Feb 12, 2018
    Compulsively readable, honest, & raw. Finished in one sitting and am glad to have read it. ...
  • Samantha Fraenkel
    Apr 22, 2018
    This is the book on motherhood that I've been waiting for. I can't count the number of times, while reading, I thought "Wow, I thought I was the only one that thought that / felt that way". Refreshingly candid about pregnancy, birth, and the early days of motherhood, And Now We Have Ev...
  • C. Miles
    May 21, 2018
    I am so very happy to have experienced this book. I want to hug the author and tell her that her ability to write openly and honestly about her feelings throughout her pregnancy and beyond is not just freeing, it's empowering and therpeutic! I've always known that, if I were to become ...
  • Susie | Novel Visits
    Apr 13, 2018
    My Thoughts: Interestingly, Meaghan O?Connell?s book is subtitled ?On Motherhood Before I Was Ready.? Why so interesting you might ask. Well, it?s actually for a couple reasons, one that has to do with all women and one more for O?Connell. As a woman with now adult child...
  • Jaclyn
    Jun 05, 2018
    This is a raw and unapologetic memoir about the author?s experience becoming a mother. It was a refreshingly honest account that did not shy away from the pain, inconveniences and overwhelming experiences that are part and parcel of the journey. The memoir starts in New York when ...
  • Laura
    May 06, 2018
    I think I?m too old for this book. I related to a few observations and I think she?s a good writer but I was on a treadmill that had me back at work at 14, 12 and 10 weeks postpartum respectively after the births of my kids and not a lot of time for thinking about who I was or what...
  • Erin
    May 28, 2018
    4.5 stars It was a little slow start for me since my pregnancy wasn?t unplanned but I devoured it after starting the birth plan chapter. There were legit tears at feeling completely understood and not so alone. Highly recommend. ...
  • Rachel
    May 04, 2018
    Reading this book was like reading the diary of my high school friend who never grew up. It was complete navel gazing - there was no greater meaning, no truth, no deeper understanding, and most of the beginning felt incredibly false. Like she took these fleeting tiny thoughts she might...
  • Lgordo
    May 22, 2018
    Around 2 years ago, I had a simple, uncomplicated natural birth following a simple, uncomplicated pregnancy. It took 10 months before I stopped getting flashbacks and shaking every time something reminded me of childbirth. After almost two years, I still have not physically recovered f...
  • Christine
    Apr 24, 2018
    There are certain periods in life I would not want to travel back to and one of them is early motherhood. It's amazing the difference between the perceived version (the loving mother tenderly gazing at her newborn child, the child cooing back) and the everyday, well, monotony - despera...
  • Rachel León
    Apr 29, 2018
    Ever since I became a mama--before I too was ready--I've been a sucker for books on motherhood. I'll take anything that oozes honesty and candor, so this book didn't disappoint--O'Connell keeps it real. Some might find this book a bit banal or self indulgent, but I'd venture to say oth...
  • Shelly
    Jun 08, 2018
    This is an excellent book. One of the books that actually live up to the hype. ...
  • Courtney Robinson
    Apr 10, 2018
    Essential reading for women, of a certain age, who know they want or are not sure if they want children. O'Connell offers the most valuable gift a woman can give to other women, which is her unrelenting honesty and vulnerability. But she does so with enough self-awareness and critical ...
  • Daniel Dao
    May 13, 2018
    I don?t know what else to say other than this book made me happy. ...
  • Sarah Krammen
    Mar 23, 2018
    Oh, that was everything. That was three years of my life wrapped up in 150 pages of words more beautiful and pointed and honest and vulnerable than I could find. I'm going to go wipe peanut butter off my son's face now, and focus on the joy. ...
  • Janet
    Apr 21, 2018
    Kind of like a long form, well-written mommyblog. I think it would be a good read for someone who hasn?t experienced pregnancy, birth, and the first year of parenting if they want a real account of how those things can go. Or maybe someone who has gone through them and things were a ...
  • Samantha
    Apr 28, 2018
    I?m twenty-eight, and I don?t have a kid ? don?t know if I?ll ever have, or want, or desire, or dream of, or yearn for, or _mother_ a kid ? and I was deeply touched by this raw, thoughtful book. It touched on everything I fear about motherhood: identity and the loss of self...