memoir recommendations?

Hey, helpful readers. I’m working on a memoir of my pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding intertwinement with Noah, and I’d like to read more in this genre as I write. So:

  • What are your favorite memoirs in general? (Please let me know in your comment if the memoir involves violence or other disturbing bits; I need trigger warnings.)
  • And do you know of any good ones that deal specifically with pregnancy/parenting? I know and love Operating Instructions (Lamott) ¬†and Having Faith (Steingraber), and I’m planning to read Bring Down the Little Birds (Smith). What else should I add to my to-read list?

Thanks, peeps.

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  1. Kaethe Schwehn
    Posted 12 November 2010 at 7:45 PM | Permalink

    Hi Molly–

    I’m doing a memoir independent study next semester and compiled a list (based on a bunch of poet-Mama recommendations) of memoirs they love (or love to teach). I haven’t read most of them, but if you’re interested in the list, just e-mail me and I’ll forward it along to you.

    And we’ll have to grab coffee sometime next semester! :)

    • Molly
      Posted 12 November 2010 at 8:33 PM | Permalink

      Yes and yes! I’ll send you an email …

  2. Posted 12 November 2010 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

    There’s an amazing midwife’s memoir “Baby Catcher” by (I think) Peggy Vincent. Not quite the same thing, but chock full of good birth stories.

  3. Molly
    Posted 12 November 2010 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

    In case anyone else is interested: Sarah in our Goodreads group recommended Waiting for Birdy (Catherine Newman) and Baby Love (Rebecca Walker), and mentioned that she knows people who like A Life’s Work (Rachel Cusk). AND she passed along a useful blog post, Sierra Black’s “Great Memoirs for New Moms.”

  4. Posted 15 November 2010 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have any recommendations for you, but I do want to add that I’m thrilled that you are embarking on this project!

    • Molly
      Posted 15 November 2010 at 2:49 PM | Permalink

      Oh, hey, thanks, Kristen!

  5. Posted 1 December 2010 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    You must read Fruitful by Anne Roiphe. From what I gather it’d be possibly right up your alley I’d think, and my personal fav in the mothering memoirs genre.. Cheers, Rach

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