The memoir industry runs increasingly on the unique, the superhuman, and the grotesque. People climb mountains, escape kidnappers, visit heaven and report back. But And Now We Have Everything shows how the most normal thing in the world — having an ordinary, healthy baby after an ordinary, healthy pregnancy — means being visited with all possible extremes of pain, fear, and love. O'Connell renders this normal and horrific experience real, in both emotional sweep and brutal particulars. The questions she asks is simple: What is it like? And this joyous, useful, grim book tells it straight: "F****** awful." - Annalisa Quinn, NPR
Sarah Cassavant, Subtext Books:
"I’m not a mother, and I don’t have plans to be one for a long time, but I’ve read "And Now We Have Everything" twice now and I can’t stop thinking about it…I don’t think I’ve ever read something so viscerally engaging. She’s so generous with her experiences and so human; she doesn’t sugarcoat or self-censor her experiences or reactions to fit into the preconceived notions of what pregnancy, birth, and parenthood should be like. It truly is a remarkable book, and it should be required reading for absolutely everyone."
Abby Fennewald, Book People:
"This book. Wow. I plowed through this and immediately came back to the store trying to get everyone else to read it. It feels like, in many ways, the first book about motherhood that I, as a non-mother, could relate to. Meaghan writes fearlessly and honestly about her fears, her pain, her joy, and more in this collection of essays. It brought me pain and laughter and I can't wait to put it in people's hands."
I'm telling you, this is a book for anyone looking for straight talk about starting a family these days—including those of you wondering if becoming a parent is what you want.
- Anna Sale, host of [my favorite podcast] DEATH, SEX, & MONEY