Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage into Motherhood

Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage into Motherhood

"This book is an ancient call from our first mothers to connect to our bodies?for our own good and for the good of humanity . . . It is healing, illuminated." ?Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is... What if labor does not end with pregnancy but continues into a mother's postpartum life? How can the fiercest love for your "This book is an ancient call from our first mothers to connect to our bodies?for our own good and for the good...

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Title:Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage into Motherhood
Author:Molly Caro May
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1619024896
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage into Motherhood Reviews

  • Alex Templeton
    May 30, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

  • Julia Flath
    May 12, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

  • Devon Steven
    Feb 25, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

  • K
    Feb 27, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother?s can?t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old. ...

    I really wanted more rage and less white lady yoni-writing ...

    It started strong but petered out about halfway through. A lot of great insights into postpartum, just wish it didn?t become so navel-gazing. ...

    I liked this initially but found it quite self-indulgent by the end. ...

  • Lisa Eirene
    Feb 05, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

  • Jamie
    Feb 24, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

  • Rachel
    Feb 25, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

  • Maggie
    Jun 11, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

  • Kristin Boldon
    Apr 23, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

  • Lauren
    May 06, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother?s can?t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old. ...

    I really wanted more rage and less white lady yoni-writing ...

    It started strong but petered out about halfway through. A lot of great insights into postpartum, just wish it didn?t become so navel-gazing. ...

  • Kayla Hollis
    Jun 05, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

  • Sarah
    Apr 15, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

  • Leda
    May 27, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

  • Lea
    Jun 02, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

  • Marilyn Guggenheim
    Jun 15, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

  • Morgan Schulman
    Jul 12, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother?s can?t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old. ...

    I really wanted more rage and less white lady yoni-writing ...

  • Mary Nee
    Jan 15, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

  • Sarah
    May 29, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother?s can?t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old. ...

    I really wanted more rage and less white lady yoni-writing ...

    It started strong but petered out about halfway through. A lot of great insights into postpartum, just wish it didn?t become so navel-gazing. ...

    I liked this initially but found it quite self-indulgent by the end. ...

    ...

  • Mel
    Aug 23, 2017

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

  • Ramona Mead
    Feb 01, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

  • Janelle
    Feb 08, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

  • Kseniya Zaslavskaya
    Jul 22, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

  • Stephanie Allen
    Feb 09, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

  • Joan Ifland
    Aug 15, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

  • Katie
    May 04, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

  • Erika
    Jun 14, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

  • Sara Herdrich
    Jun 10, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother?s can?t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old. ...

  • Inmi
    Feb 26, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother?s can?t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old. ...

    I really wanted more rage and less white lady yoni-writing ...

    It started strong but petered out about halfway through. A lot of great insights into postpartum, just wish it didn?t become so navel-gazing. ...

    I liked this initially but found it quite self-indulgent by the end. ...

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  • Suzanne Terry
    Jun 21, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

  • Becky
    Aug 01, 2018

    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify...

    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 10...

    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandere...

    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing. ...

    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading...

    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough o...

    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it?s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don?t really talk about post-partum issues much....

    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time." *I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of tho...

    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very ey...

    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome coup...

    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience. ...

    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn?t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I?m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy. ...

    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us en...

    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was b...

    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can?t believe she?s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like r...

    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf ...

    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repet...

    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually...

    The dear complexity of mothers This book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later. ...

    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir. ...

    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity. ...

    Couldn?t get into it...did not finish. ...

    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it. ...

    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother?s can?t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old. ...

    I really wanted more rage and less white lady yoni-writing ...

    It started strong but petered out about halfway through. A lot of great insights into postpartum, just wish it didn?t become so navel-gazing. ...

    I liked this initially but found it quite self-indulgent by the end. ...

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