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Great with Child by Beth Ann Fennelly
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Dec 10, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, parenting, library
Recommended to Sue by: Cup of Jo
Recommended for: Pregnant people
Read from November 26 to December 10, 2011

This series of letters from a poet and professor who is a mother of a 3-year old to a pregnant former student are sweet. Some sadness, hilarity, and just honest truth comes through in the letters, which cover everything from the poignancy of her own child outgrowing phases so quickly to the nitty gritty of the hospital to marital realities before, during, and after a baby. I read this book after reading about it on Cup of Jo , who recommends it as an antidote to the horror stories that other women tell pregnant women. It is that, for sure. Although there are sad parts, it is not a source for horror stories and all the "What to Expect" guilt. It is a comforting read that reminds pregnant ladies that they have something to look forward to, and to enjoy the pregnancy. Thank goodness for that!
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