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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  5,290 ratings  ·  956 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
Paperback, 247 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by First Second
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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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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
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 ...more
David Schaafsma
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) ...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
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah Garden
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
Elizabeth A
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Shortly after I gave birth, I had the sudden realization that "holy SHIT there are hundreds-thousands-millions of women walking around who have also gone through this wildly intense rollercoaster of an experience." And yet - there's not much in the mainstream that really tells the truth about this, which left me scrambling last year to figure out what was going on and what was normal. I loved this graphic memoir for its honesty, humor, and simple offering of firsthand experience.

I've seen plenty
Kate ☀️ Olson
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.
My favorite Knisley comic so far. As I was reading this, I realized -- like she does herself -- how few stories of pregnancy focus on the mother and her experiences and needs. This does it, and it made me feel a wave of things, including a lot of anger.

There's so little education and talk about what bodies do or don't do. Those who can give birth are under the impression it's easy. It's not. I know so few who have had easy, uncomplicated pregnancies (let alone births). I didn't know about the
This book is incredible but also scared the crap out of me? Knisley had a pretty brutal time with both pregnancy and birth: 2 miscarriages, all day nausea that lasted the whole first trimester, pre-eclampsia symptoms (which her doctor ignored), a c-section, and then full on eclampsia. I marvel at how she presents all of this extremely vulnerable material in such a matter-of-fact way. She even has her husband do the parts where she was unconscious!
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
Carol Tilley
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women, health, comics, illness
An important and moving book that's certain to be an Eisner contender for 2019.
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 ...more
Rod Brown
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed how she told this story, and I am still RAGING over her doctor's incompetence.
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.
Kristen Blackton
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What an amazing graphic memoir. I think I might read anything that Knisley publishes. This was an intimate look at her personal journey to motherhood, but it included so much more! She effortlessly weaved in historical inaccuracies about women's health care, the history of childbirth, and pregnancy myths (the dangerous and the hilarious) as well as empowering all those who choose the path to parenthood. Some of my favorite parts involved her husband's reaction to her pregnancy and ...more
A. David Lewis
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful honest raw painful funny gross suspenseful wry heartfelt informative historical feminist glorious merciful anguished modern eternal loving new

KID GLOVES may be the reason graphic novels are made.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for anyone about to start a family or for anyone who is a fan of Lucy Knisely.
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of Lucy’s books are perfect
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Wow, this made me feel a much wider range of emotions that I had originally anticipated. I hadn't read what Knisley's story was or the summary of this graphic novel, I honestly just thought this was going to be a run-of-the-mill pregnancy story. Nope, not even close. Knisley unfortunately suffered through a few miscarriages and went to a pretty deep, dark place before she was able to get pregnant with her baby boy. I'm a pretty big watcher of the family vlogger youtube scene and by now I've seen ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I love Lucy Knisley's art and writing. Despite not being pregnant (or wanting to be), she wrote about her experience in her honest, engaging, and charming Lucy way! ...more
Hal Schrieve
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 ...more
Stewart Tame
More autobiography from Lucy Knisley. She and her husband had a baby, and this book tells you all about it. In between the chapters are tangents dealing with the history of and general information about childbirth.

As with her previous work, this was a delight to read. Knisley has a wonderfully clean, crisp style and a knack for showing just the right amount of detail to make the panels informative, but not overburdened. The story flows nicely, and the historical chapters were fascinating.

Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
As someone who has experienced infertility issues followed by a complicated pregnancy and labour, I actually had a lot in common with the author of this graphic memoir. So I was surprised when I didn’t love this one as much as Knisley’s previous work. The story was honest, but it lacked charm. I really disliked the research chapters where she debunked obvious pregnancy myths and discribed obscure history facts. While I did not love this one, I would still recommend it to mothers and
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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