That number is so high and still, I can personally feel this stigma around not talking about it, even though I've never had one myself. Memoir-writing is enjoying a renaissance. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I couldn’t sleep last night so I stayed up into the wee hours reading this beautiful, powerful story. She wrote a book about her wedding not long after I got married, and now she’s published a book on her pregnancy not long after mine. Book Review: Kid Gloves by Adam Mars-Jones. Refresh and try again. I loved this graphic memoir for its honesty, humor, and simple offering of firsthand experience. A world of indifference Heads and hearts too full Careless of the consequence Of constant push and pull. If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if … As i watched her grow as an artist and a person, I appreciated the way her scope grew with her—though as she has recently settled into heterosexual marriage with a software engineer, I have felt a prickle of annoyance at the insights she develops about the world. Even though this kind of thing is EXTREMELY hard to read about/watch (especially while pregnant) I think everyone needs to. In between the chapters are tangents dealing with the history of and general information about childbirth. Nope, not even close. I loved this memoir, and I would highly recommend to anyone really, but especially to those who plan to be parents or already are parents. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Since Knisley, like Quebec artist Michel Rabagliati, is writing memoirs about all stages of her life (and I am reading all of them! In fact, double congrats: These comics are gestating into a whole MUTHA-freaking graphic memoir about motherhood. I love Lucy Knisley's art and writing. Congratulations, Lucy! It’s so weird to have followed her since the very beginning of her career (through a stroke of luck, I’ve followed her blog from the beginning, before she published a book, because a friend also followed her), to essentially watch her life progress without having spoken a single word to her. To order a copy for £12.99, go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. (This is especially true since I started following her on Instagram after her son was born. Nope, not even close. I’ve followed Lucy Knisley’s work since her debut French Milk in 2007. It is necessarily also a book about the writer himself - and the implausible, long-delayed moment, some years before, when he told his sexually conservative father about his own orientation, taking the homophobic bull by the horns. Knisley has become one of my favorite memoirists. I loved my time reading this: I learned new things; I smiled at quirky or silly faces (her puking drawings... lol); I laughed out loud (please tell me more about elephant gestation); I nodded slowly reading about miscarriage stats and the maternal mortality crisis affecting the U.S.; and I cried because of what Knisley went through and the book's ending. Topics We inhabit the body we were back then, and yet we do so from our safe distance in the future.”, “For a large part of human history, people didn't really know how a woman's body worked. Knisley unfortunately suffered through a few miscarriages and went to a pretty deep, dark place before she was able to get pregnant with her baby boy. I got this book, yesterday, when it came out. I love Lucy Knisley's art and writing. It’s so weird to have followed her since the very beginning of her career (through a stroke of luck, I’ve followed her blog from the beginning, before she published a book, because a friend also followed her), to essentially watch her life progress without having spoken a single word to her. (This is especially true since I started following her on Instagram after her son was born. Make sure to purchase it for your collections next year! Did I heave a nice loud sob at the end? Topics. To see what your friends thought of this book, It's definitely not targeted for teens, but I'm considering donating my personal copy to my high school library. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, tells the story of her childhood steeped in the food industry. Kid Gloves looks like another cutesy book about pregnancy, but it's a lot more than that. I think I might read anything that Knisley publishes. It covers stuff that isn't taught in health classes but should be. What an amazing graphic memoir. This book is incredible but also scared the crap out of me? That momma needs to grieve and should never have to keep a journey like that all pent up inside just in the face of keeping other people around them comfortable. Ah, graphic novels—the delightful medium where visual art merges with the written word to create unforgettable stories! Great book for anyone about to start a family or for anyone who is a fan of Lucy Knisely. Except get pregnant. This book blew me away. Wow. ), she is committed to being here--as in her memoir about getting married, Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride --educational, entertaining, and painful honest about what she has experienced with her husband John (whom I love and want to take out for a beer). See you on the other side of all this! If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you’re smart and talented and “good enough,” you can do anything. I highly recommend this to anyone who has any interest in this topic as well as to high school health teachers, since the book touches on things the author wishes had been taught in school about birth control. I’ve always found myself kind of connected to her, being that we’re close in age and life milestones. An important and moving book that's certain to be an Eisner contender for 2019. Kid Gloves is an (adult) graphic-format memoir of trying to conceive, pregnancy and childbirth, and Knisley doesn't hold back in writing and drawing about struggles, grief and ALL of the ups and downs (and physical detail) of this stage of her life. This gets a high rating because I'm a pregnant lover of comics and this book came along at the perfect time. This was an intimate look at her personal journey to motherhood, but it included so much more! What a beautiful, heartfelt book! That momma needs to grieve and should never have to keep a journey like that all pent up inside just in the face of keeping other people around them comfortable. I marvel at how she presents all of this extremely vulnerable material in such a matter-of-fact way. It’s funny, it’s insightful, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s not always for the faint of heart, particularly Lucy’s traumatic birth story. I’ve always found myself kind of connected to her, being that we’re close in age and life milestones. This is mainly because for much of human history, a woman's body was either too sacred or too sexual to study.”, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels & Comics (2019), 40 New and Upcoming Graphic Novels to Discover. Kid Gloves: A Voyage Round My Father, by Adam Mars-Jones - Book review: Verdict on a judge, and dad. This does it, and it made me feel a wave of things, including a lot of anger. 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