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Flesh and Blood

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Kirkus starred review calls it: "A moving, well-rendered portrait of the seriously ailing artist" ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 12th 2021 by Algonquin Books
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    Flesh and Blood

    Release date: Oct 12, 2021
    For fans of Lena Dunham, FLESH & BLOOD breaks the silence about infertility, with honest, moving stories about author N. West Moss' own experiences. ...more

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    Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This memoir is a work of art. It’s thoughtful, reflective, and meditative in ways that will stay with me for quite some time. Many readers are focusing on Moss’ experience with infertility, but this isn’t a memoir about desperately seeking motherhood. It’s about living a full life of your choosing. It’s about love and mindfulness. It’s about the wisdom of years and experience. And for those of us who’ve struggled with chronic illness, there is so much that resonates. I cannot recommend it enough ...more
    Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorite-2021
    Wow, this memoir blew me away. This is Moss' memoir about trying to have children, struggling with infertility and miscarriages, reckoning with not having children, and dealing with a serious illness that made her bleed heavily and have very little energy. This book deals with tough topics, but it is a comforting book. Moss' writing is compelling and calming. She is forced to slow down and after hysterectomy surgery spent months recovering, mostly living in her sun room with her mother there to ...more
    Rhonda Lomazow
    Sep 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    N.West Moss has written a beautiful memoir revealing open honest.She shares with us her desire for children her infertility her miscarriages.The author writes holding nothing back her grief her healing.This is also a book of life of her marriage the women who inspired her her mother her grandmother & great grandmother.She has an avid curiosity her mind always working curious about so much.She also has a terrific sense of humor.This is a book I will be recommending a life story that stayed with m ...more
    Lawrence Lazare
    Oct 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    With a central theme of infertility, some reviewers have categorized this book as a work for a female audience, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a beautiful memoir, that, to categorize it as being about infertility, is to sell it short. It's a meditation on life, loss, family, praying mantises, middle age, growing up in the woods north of New York City, the healing powers of celery soup, marriage, and yes, infertility. Despite the seriousness of the central subject, it’s fill ...more
    Jeanne Claypoole
    Oct 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This beautifully written book captures the experience of chronic illness in a very honest and vulnerable way while also finding a way to focus on the beauty and supportiveness of our closest ties and the simple joys of nature. It is a good portrayal of how the experience of time itself changes when you are ill and you can only focus on what is happening to/in your body every single second until you are well again.
    Sep 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    A memoir about a woman with infertility and miscarriages and all that comes with it. The processing of the reality that she will never bear children and dealing with a serious illness that made her bleed heavily to the point she thought she was going to die.
    When I received this ARC I was very nervous. I struggle with infertility and it tends to be a rigger for me when reading books especially ones with happy endings.
    I loved this book. It was honest and refreshing. I felt comforted and cozy
    Aug 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Beautiful and surprisingly funny at times memoir interweaving experiences of hysterectomy, emotions surrounding infertility, family bonds, and the writing life. I especially loved her recollections of her grandma and strongly identified with those sections. Given the heavy subject matter, I appreciated the short chapters. Knocking off a star for odd definitions at the start of many chapters from online dictionaries and even Wikipedia - it felt out of place for a literary memoir.
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    Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Just finished reading an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) provided through BookBrowse. This was an amazing little book. The title, Flesh & Blood, carries dual meaning - not only the literal flesh and blood of the author’s illness but also the “flesh and blood” of her family connections, and the discussions on family legacy. Beautifully written. Serious yet witty and humorous at times. Highly recommended for all women, not just those who live with infertility and loss. There are lessons to be learned b ...more
    Sally Delp
    Aug 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This a truly comforting little book. Despite what could be an ominous sounding title, the thoughts and feeling revealed by the author were eye-opening. I wanted to read this because I struggled with infertility and never found the reason for my problem. At 72 years old, I still consider infertility to be the heartbreak of my life. I was hoping for a road map of sorts on how to come to terms with it. And the author definitely delivered. But it is not just for infertility, it could be helpful for ...more
    Patricia Linville
    Aug 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Flesh and Blood by N. West Moss

    As a mother of three with a rather textbook experience with childbirth and women’s health, it was humbling to read of Moss’s adverse experiences and their emotional toll.  Her descriptions of each part of the journey were open, vivid and introspective.

    Moss not only details her physical health issues, she analyzes her emotional response to those problems as well.  She writes frequently of her maternal grandmother, whom she only knew for a short time as a child.  She
    Aug 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I thoroughly enjoyed “Flesh & Blood” by N. West Moss and consider it an outstanding memoir! The book held my interest, and the short concise chapters kept the narrative moving. The author is a beautiful and poetic writer. She honestly shares her emotions and feelings about infertility and the daunting health challenges that she bravely endured. I loved the stories about her mother and grandmother, both remarkable women! Although much of the content is serious, the author has a sense of humor, an ...more
    Oct 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Flesh & Blood by N. West Moss is a poetically-written memoir about the author’s struggles with her own body. Written in vignettes, the book centers on her hysterectomy, the life-threatening medical issues that lead up to it and the circuitous healing process afterwards. The short chapters made the book move quickly. I really liked the author’s delicate writing and spirituality. Though the author is an atheist, she is a keen observer of the world and has a philosopher’s soul. This book reminded m ...more
    Devon Reigh
    Oct 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This story begins with N. West Moss bleeding. This isn’t something new as a concept for her, but this time is different: she’s bleeding so much that as she drives herself to the hospital her brain is cycling through the possibilities about what could be happening and how things may unfold if she loses too much blood. Thankfully, those are questions that don’t need to be answered at the time, but it leads to the need for a surgery. Moss documents the time leading up to and after the surgery in a ...more
    Deborah Payne
    Oct 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: kindle, net-galley
    Flesh and Blood

    Reflections on Infertility, Family, and Creating a Bountiful Life: A Memoir

    By: N. West Moss

    Algonquin Books

    Biographies and Memoirs

    Publish Date 12 October 2021


    50 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

    I would first like to thank both NetGalley and Algonquin books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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    Kirkus starred review calls it: “A moving, well-rendered portrait of the seriously ailing artist”

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    I gave this book 4 sta
    Trish Ryan
    Oct 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This is a candid, bracing & utterly forthcoming memoir of the author’s experience with infertility, miscarriage, and the hysterectomy required to stop what became nonstop bleeding. Told in small vignettes, the author does an admirable job of balancing the devastating frustration of her body’s struggles with the wonderful way certain relationships - particularly her husband and her mother, who comes to stay with them and care for her - sustain her. These moments of relational connection are the b ...more
    Oct 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    The word infertility is in the title, but please don’t let that stop you from picking this up if you have not dealt with that. There is so much more to this memoir. This story deeply resonated with me. Sometimes books that have stark honesty lack beautiful writing, but not this one. I would frequently stop and reflect about my own health struggle, family members and emotional growth while reading. We learn about her grandmother and how the author sees her in a different light as she goes through ...more
    Julia Alberino
    Aug 28, 2021 rated it liked it
    Full disclosure: I received a free advance reading copy in exchange for writing an honest review. This is what I said on the review site:N. West Moss was brave to write this book, which is partly an account of her illness, surgery, and recovery, and partly a memoir in which she keeps alive the stories of her Grandmother Hastings, whom I found to be a delightful character. While I got impatient with the medical establishment at times, and truly felt empathy for what the author was going through, ...more
    Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: non-fiction
    This is a truly special book. On one level, it's the very compelling, moving, and often quite funny account of one woman's epic personal and medical journey. On another level, it's a profound spiritual text and guide for all of us. Flesh and Blood has so much to teach the reader about healing, about family, and—maybe above all—about generosity. This book lifts the sparks out of everyone and everything that crosses its pages. ...more
    Oct 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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    Sep 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2021, first-reads
    I won a copy of "Flesh And Blood" on Goodreads First Reads. N. West Moss is an amazing writer and this book was so good. She has the ability to make you feel everything she is going through. ...more
    Ann Evans
    Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Hey! Would you like to talk about heavy menstrual flow, hysterectomies, and infertility for a while? Whoa! Don’t run away. N. West Moss’s story is mounted on the quilted scaffolding of loving family, wise and bold social commentary.

    The tale is told in short, fast-paced chapters which flow from one subject to another. There is no trudging around in the muck. One chapter is about grandma’s calendar, the next is about a felled pine tree, the following about the family history in New Orleans. Moss’
    Aug 14, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: grief, memoir
    This is a memoir of illness, though of course it is also much more than that; just as we cannot write of our grief without revealing much about ourselves, digging deeply into what makes us uniquely who we are, we cannot contemplate illness without the same sort of introspection. Death comes into it, of course, as does life—how we have lived ours, what it has meant, who we would leave behind. Even if our illness is not life-threatening (as Moss's is not), illness causes mortality to be close to t ...more
    Deb Ristow
    Oct 02, 2021 rated it liked it
    I received Flesh and Blood by N. West Moss as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. The cover states that this is the memoir of one woman's journey with infertility and loss. While I do agree that it does talk about infertility and loss, I feel that the memoir is more of one woman's experience through her hysterectomy including the complications occurring both prior to and following which was documented in great detail and well written. However, if I was looking for a story of infertility and ...more
    Sep 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    A memoir in almost an essay format, deals with so many trials Moss has faced. Through miscarriages, ultimate infertility, and a hysterectomy Moss is honest with readers. The entries are often brief but they are all so powerful at bringing life issue front and center.
    Jenevive Desroches
    Sep 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: memoir
    A series of sharply focused and deeply introspective essays exploring the complicated relationships of many women with infertility, health, and family.
    Sep 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Flesh & Blood is an emotional memoir of a journey through illness, infertility, miscarriage, healing and family. The author's resilience shows through with every written word of this book. ...more
    Sonia Reppe
    Aug 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I found this author when one of her stories won an award. I like her writing style.

    In this slim memoir, Moss rejoices in love and nature, reflects on the lives of her mother and grandmother, and gets intimate about bleeding disease and hysterectomy convalescence. I've known women who have had similar issues. My sister had to have two blood transfusions due to bleeding from fibroids. She is scheduled for a hysterectomy; I think I will pass this life-affirming book on to her. This author celebrat
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