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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,735 ratings  ·  412 reviews
If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you’re smart and talented and “good enough,” you can do anything.

Except get pregnant.

Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual success
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by First Second Books
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Kate Olson It's definitely not targeted for teens, but I'm considering donating my personal copy to my high school library. It covers stuff that isn't taught in…moreIt's definitely not targeted for teens, but I'm considering donating my personal copy to my high school library. It covers stuff that isn't taught in health classes but should be. It also addresses relationship issues caused by pregnancy. However, the target demographic is definitely adults.(less)

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Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woah. This book feels like a GAME-CHANGER. And maybe it is, who knows, I sure don’t know many graphic novels mainly about pregnancy so this may just be one of the firsts of its kind. And maybe there will be more in the future, only time will tell. Wouldn’t that be amazing, though?

I learned so much from it. I have read stories about pregnancy, like the memoir AND NOW WE HAVE EVERYTHING by Meaghan O’Connell which was fascinating but also a little bit (lot) traumatizing. Still, ever since I read th
David Schaafsma
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy Knisley tells us at one point that she does NOT want to suggest that having a baby is “a terrible experience,” after having just told us several terrible things that happened to her, but I can say reading her book was for me at times a stressful experience, since her detailed account of her way difficult pregnancy, in spite of being enhanced by information gleaned by constant research she has done, and broken up by some laughs, reveals that she had the Pregnancy and Childbirth (her first) F ...more
Julie Ehlers
LOL. How’d this happen? I’ve had an up-and-down relationship with Lucy Knisley for a few years now, with her most recent book, Something New, representing its absolute nadir. Ugh, Something New. So when I saw a Goodreads giveaway for Knisley’s new book, Kid Gloves, my first instinct was to stay far away. A faint spark of curiosity caused me to enter the giveaway anyway, but I was of course fully expecting that I wouldn’t win. The odds were against it, after all. I guess we can all see what happe ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Kid Gloves looks like another cutesy book about pregnancy, but it's a lot more than that. It also features myths and facts about pregnancy, some interesting history regarding how far obstetric medicine has come, tidbits about medical struggles, and most notably, a long section on infertility and miscarriages.

There's a point Lucy makes at one point that really resonated with me, as a fellow miscarriage survivor: If 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, why aren't 25% of media portrayals of pregn
Olive (abookolive)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is now one of my favorite Lucy Knisley books.

As she discusses in this book, in each of her previous works, she chronicles a transitional point in her life. In the popular French Milk, she is a markedly less sympathetic character, being in that moody period of her late teenage years. But in her subsequent works, we see her develop into a passionate, empathetic adult who struggles to balance a career, family, and relationships.

In her animated form, we walk with Lucy back into a "never-quite
Elizabeth A
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I was taught how to condom a banana, and to memorize the dates of amnesties, and the life-cycle stages of a pill bug .... But I was never taught about the intertwined history and science of taking care of my own body."

This graphic memoir covers the next phase of the author's life. We've been through her new adulthood, her marriage, and it's now time for the baby carriage.

Unlike her previous works, this one does more than explore her life and foibles. In addition to covering her personal experi
Hannah Garden
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of Lucy Knisley's undeniable strengths is that she is hardcore a Capricorn: by the age of thirty-one, as she tells you herself in this very book, she'd published five graphic memoirs, each one as cleanly constructed as if from a kit, gleaming with that I-write-outlines-for-my-to-do-lists singlemindedness goats are known for.

I've read almost all of them. They are each of them lovely, bright and tidy as a paperdollhouse. And I slam through them--as unselfconsciously personal memoirs by a woman
Carol Tilley
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, health, illness, women
An important and moving book that's certain to be an Eisner contender for 2019.
Kate Olson
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. Kid Gloves is an (adult) graphic-format memoir of trying to conceive, pregnancy and childbirth, and Knisley doesn't hold back in writing and drawing about struggles, grief and ALL of the ups and downs (and physical detail) of this stage of her life. I highly recommend this to anyone who has any interest in this topic as well as to high school health teachers, since the book touches on things the author wishes had been taught in school about birth control.
Rod Brown
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knisley has become one of my favorite memoirists. She balances out the emotional story of her eventful pregnancy with humor and interesting historical facts about gynecology, pregnancy, and childbirth.

It sounds like she's already at work on a book about motherhood, and I'm looking forward to reading that in the near future.
I always feel the same way when I finish a new Lucy Knisley book. It’s so weird to have followed her since the very beginning of her career (through a stroke of luck, I’ve followed her blog from the beginning, before she published a book, because a friend also followed her), to essentially watch her life progress without having spoken a single word to her. (This is especially true since I started following her on Instagram after her son was born. She’s been posting lots of comics about her finic ...more
Vanessa (splitreads)
Did I heave a nice loud sob at the end? Oh man, I did. Lucy Knisley has developed so much as an artist and storyteller. I loved my time reading this: I learned new things; I smiled at quirky or silly faces (her puking drawings... lol); I laughed out loud (please tell me more about elephant gestation); I nodded slowly reading about miscarriage stats and the maternal mortality crisis affecting the U.S.; and I cried because of what Knisley went through and the book's ending.

If you like learning abo
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gets a high rating because I'm a pregnant lover of comics and this book came along at the perfect time. Kid Gloves will actually be published right around the time when my baby enters the world, so I was thrilled to get an ARC via NetGalley.

I really appreciate Lucy Knisley's candor and humor and how deeply she shares her own experiences of loss and pain and the incredibly bizarre and heartbreaking and wonderful ride that is pregnancy. There aren't enough graphic memoirs about pregnancy out
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed how she told this story, and I am still RAGING over her doctor's incompetence.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Content warning: miscarriage

I adore Lucy Knisley's work, and this book is no exception. I truly appreciated Knisley's open willingness to discuss her struggles with pregnancy. The way she can depict her emotions through her art is just masterful. I also love how she explores history through her own story, and I even learned some new facts about my body that I should have probably known.

That said, if you want to get pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are currently pregnant, be sure you want
Rachel Watkins
With brutal honesty and delightful images, Lucy Knisley documents her journey with birth control, pregnancy, and early parenting in KID GLOVES. Her book explores the history of birthing and fills in the gaps on what was blatantly missing in sex ed classes. Highly recommend.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve followed Lucy Knisley’s work since her debut French Milk in 2007. I’ve always found myself kind of connected to her, being that we’re close in age and life milestones. She wrote a book about her wedding not long after I got married, and now she’s published a book on her pregnancy not long after mine. I couldn’t sleep last night so I stayed up into the wee hours reading this beautiful, powerful story. It’s funny, it’s insightful, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s not always for the faint of heart ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, this 5-star glowing review is coming from a woman who never wants to have kids.

I think this would benefit all people, especially women, yes, but also wouldn't it be nice to mail a copy to all the anti-abortion males who think that a pregnant woman should have to have the baby, no matter what. With the historical horrors covered and the author's eye-popping experiences through conception, pregnancy, and birth, it seems like you would have to come face-to-face with your sadism to deny women
Ashley Owens
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a electronic ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I 100% loved and would recommend this. I related to it SO MUCH. I just gave birth to my daughter just under 4 months ago. And while my experience wasn't exactly the same as the authors, there were many events/hardships/points where I went though something incredibly similar. Because I related to her journey of infertility, pregnancy, and delivery so much, I was very emotional while reading this.

It was awesom
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
My Q&A for the Chicago Tribune:

Lucy Knisley’s new witty and intimate graphic memoir “Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos,” offers the refreshingly frank, utterly un-sugar-coated account of her struggles with infertility and a high-risk pregnancy, blended with a lively and not un-disturbing exploration of the history of gynecology and reproductive health. It’s packed with “plenty of drama and comedy and bodily fluids” and such under-reported facts
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I grew the ivy over the garden wall."

I really love Lucy Knisley's work. This is the third graphic memoir that I've read by her, and I've found that she has the ability to craft incredibly personal stories that still feel universal. In this book, she looks back on the conception, pregnancy, and birth of her first child.

I'm not someone who personally envisions having kids of my own, but having loved Relish and Something New , I knew that I couldn't miss one of Knisley's books. Like with the o
Elise (LiveLoveYarn)
This was really, really good. I highly recommend it for parents or people thinking of becoming parents someday. I, myself, have a lot of anxiety around that prospect and this very real yet still humorous look at pregnancy and childbirth was oddly refreshing. I say "oddly refreshing" because there are some really heavy issues in here, issues that should have triggered my anxiety. However while reading this did not alleviate my anxiety it did validate it, which sometimes is better. Getting pregnan ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just the book I needed right before being induced on April 2nd. It’s realistic and not all pretty. It also broke my heart at times but makes me excited about becoming a mom. This book should be for anyone who’s having or had a baby because it’s awesome.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love Lucy Knisley's graphic memoirs and this one was no exception. Lucy documents her pregnancy journey with humor and also with very thought provoking facts about a women's pregnancy. I look forward reading more from her in the future.
Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
I am a huge fan of Lucy Knisley's work, so obviously I jumped at the chance to read Kid Gloves before its release. I wasn't entirely sure whether I would be super interested in the subject matter (I don't plan on having kids and have never really had the desire to research babies), but I assumed that Knisley would create a wonderful book that would engage me, anyway.

I should never have even SLIGHTLY doubted Knisley - this book is amazingly drawn/created, the facts inside are fascinating and some
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy Knisley has a way of capturing the day to day moments of life that build an engaging, vivid story even when the subject (as often seen on her blog) is to-do lists and cat behaviors. In this book she has taken on bigger topics: sexual education, miscarriage, pregnancy, and a near fatal experience of bringing a new life into the world. I have know since I was quite young that I never wanted to have children and find most aspects of procreation, frankly, horrifying. Several friends had warned ...more
I got this book, yesterday, when it came out. I sat down to read it, during work, and found it hard to put down, even though I knew it would all come out right in the end.

What is the point of a story where we know the ending? Because the journey is the reward, not the destination.

Do you read stories to find out the ending? If so, then you will be disappointed with this book, because this comes out two years after the birth of Pal, so not only do we know he was born, we also know that Lucy succee
Hal Schrieve
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have followed Knisley’s work since she was in art school and I was a 12 year old on Livejournal. As i watched her grow as an artist and a person, I appreciated the way her scope grew with her—though as she has recently settled into heterosexual marriage with a software engineer, I have felt a prickle of annoyance at the insights she develops about the world. She seems perfectly nice, but also has become someone less likely to ask important questions. For example, I think Relish and An Age Of L ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've always thought pregnancy is terrifying and anyone who goes through it is a fucking warrior. This graphic novel further solidified that opinion.

Lucy Knisley's story is sometimes sweet and sometimes sad. She went through some hard shit (I feel like her obgyn should be sued for malpractice). And in the end, I am so happy for her and her family.

I love her colorful art style and humourous tone. This book is very informative and addresses many pregnancy/miscarriage myths as well as the countles
Megan K.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was good. It was moving, and well crafted, smart, funny, informative. I am glad Lucy Knisley wrote it because, as she points out, there aren't many graphic novels about these things: miscarriages, infertility, labor, almost dying in child birth. And there should be. The thing that bothers me about this book though is she goes through A LOT and fails to really dig in deep on any of it.

For example, when she is depressed after her first miscarriage she draws scribbly lines above her head
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Beginning with an love for Archie comics and Calvin and Hobbes, Lucy Knisley (pronounced "nigh-zlee") has always thought of cartooning as the only profession she is suited for. A New York City kid raised by a family of foodies, Lucy is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago currently pursuing an MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies. While completing her BFA at the School of the ...more