A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood



❰Read❯ ➲ A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood Author Lisa Catherine Harper – E17streets4all.co.uk There is no denying it motherhood splits a woman s life forever, into a before and an after To this doubled life Lisa Catherine Harper brings a wealth of feeling and a wry sense of humor, a will to un There is Life: Discovering PDF Ë no denying it motherhood splits a woman s life forever, into a before and an after To this doubled life Lisa Catherine Harper brings a wealth of feeling and a wry sense of humor, a will to understand the emotional and biological transformations that motherhood entails, and a narrative gift that any reader will enjoy Harper documents her own journey across this A Double PDF/EPUB or great divide as a seasoned explorer might, observing, researching, relating anecdotes and critical information From late night Lindy Hop dancing to crippling sciatica, morning sickness to indulgent meals, graduate seminars to sophisticated ultrasounds, Harper marries scientific details with intimate insights as she uncovers the fascinating strangeness of this remarkably familiar territory Following Harper s first pregnancy from conception to her daughter s first word, A Double Life: Discovering eBook ↠ Double Life looks at how the biological facts of motherhood give rise to life altering emotional and psychological changes It shows us how motherhood transforms the female body, hijacks a woman s mind, and splits her life in two, creating an identity both brand new and as old as time It charts the passage from individual to incubator, from pregnancy, labor, and nursing to language acquisition, from coupledom to the complex reality of family life Harper s carefully researched story reminds us that motherhood s central joys are also its most essential transformationsWatch a book trailer.A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood

Lisa Catherine Life: Discovering PDF Ë Harper is the author of A Double Life, Discovering Motherhood, winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize Her writing has appeared online and in print in places including Poetry Foundation, Huffington Post, Glimmer Train, Babble, Offsprung, Literary Mama, and Gastronomica She is Adjunct Professor of Writing in the University of San Franciscos Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program, as A Double PDF/EPUB or well as a freelance writer and lives near San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader marries scientific details with intimate insights as she uncovers the fascinating strangeness of this remarkably familiar territory Following Harper s first pregnancy from conception to her daughter s first word, A Double Life: Discovering eBook ↠ Double Life looks at how the biological facts of motherhood give rise to life altering emotional and psychological changes It shows us how motherhood transforms the female body, hijacks a woman s mind, and splits her life in two, creating an identity both brand new and as old as time It charts the passage from individual to incubator, from pregnancy, labor, and nursing to language acquisition, from coupledom to the complex reality of family life Harper s carefully researched story reminds us that motherhood s central joys are also its most essential transformationsWatch a book trailer."/>
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood
  • Lisa Catherine Harper
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 0803235089

10 thoughts on “A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood

  1. says:

    I really liked the idea of this book However, I felt that the author spent too much time indulging herself in telling us her story and too little time talking about pregnancy motherhood in general All mothers as the author notes feel that their story is somehow different We are the epitome of the one upper Well, my labor was worse than yours because blah, blah, blah I thought it was ironic that the author notices this and still spends so much time boring us with details Telling your s I really liked the idea of this book However, I felt that the author spent too much time indulging herself in telling us her story and too little time talking about pregnancy motherhood in general All mothers as the author notes feel that their story is somehow different We are the epitome of the one upper Well, my labor was worse than yours because blah, blah, blah I thought it was ironic that the author notices this and still spends so much time boring us with details Telling your story is futile If the listener is not a parent, they will probably be bored to tears If the listener is a parent, they will probably be one upping you the whole time and therefore still be bored and or irritated That said, I was occasionally very moved by this book I appreciated Harper s insights especially the last few chapters More women, both those with children and those without, need to hear these things I just wish the book had beenbalanced More insight,historical anecdotes, fewer details of one specific pregnancy

  2. says:

    Tonight I rolled on our bed with Henry, blew raspberries on his belly and he laughed and squirmed and laughed He patted my face with his pudgy palm He concentrated on the blank screen of my phone and pushed with all his might to make it do something.Earlier, I watched Miss Lydia kick a soccer ball and felt my heart swell with pride and wonder at how she s gotten so tall and fast, how determined she is, and I wondered at the complicated blending of personality and skill sets and talents and loo Tonight I rolled on our bed with Henry, blew raspberries on his belly and he laughed and squirmed and laughed He patted my face with his pudgy palm He concentrated on the blank screen of my phone and pushed with all his might to make it do something.Earlier, I watched Miss Lydia kick a soccer ball and felt my heart swell with pride and wonder at how she s gotten so tall and fast, how determined she is, and I wondered at the complicated blending of personality and skill sets and talents and looks and how similar and different she is from her brother, and how much alike and different the boys are from each other, and so on How we are a unit.I was frustrated to be standing out in 40 degree weather watching a soccer game with my kids and also proud of myself for managing all three kids, proud of her competitive drive, proud of my boys under blankets in the wagon, proud to give this to them, this part of myself, this time.TheI give of myself theI seem to get back TheI give of myself while retaining my self, my identity, the fuller I experience my life It is not this or this or this, not one piece of myself exchanged for another without negotiation It is this and this and this and this And all of these things make me This is the reality echoed in Lisa Catherine Harper s book, A Double Life In it, she celebrates with awe and wonder the changing self, the changing sense of who she is as writer, wife, and now mother, how each feeds the other, and how both home and self career are good and important places She shares with the reader the transition of becoming mother and what that can look like It is a memoir that celebrates a relatively normal pregnancy, a relatively normal delivery, and a relatively normal first year It is a memoir that celebrates

  3. says:

    This book was written from the perspective of before the writer wanted to get pregnant, basically, to the time of her child beginning to talk.I may have enjoyed thisif 1 I was currently pregnant or, 2 if my pregnancy had been normal I didn t begin to enjoy it, or relate much to it, until after the birth of her child and after a little bit of time had passed But again I suspect this is because my circumstances were so different, aside from our closeness in ages of becoming pregnant.St This book was written from the perspective of before the writer wanted to get pregnant, basically, to the time of her child beginning to talk.I may have enjoyed thisif 1 I was currently pregnant or, 2 if my pregnancy had been normal I didn t begin to enjoy it, or relate much to it, until after the birth of her child and after a little bit of time had passed But again I suspect this is because my circumstances were so different, aside from our closeness in ages of becoming pregnant.Still, I found the writing a bit disjointed, not sure where the author was headed There was information about childbirth mixed with anecdotes that were interjected with the author s familial historical background that left me wondering what the point of the chapter story book was, if not about conception, pregnancy, and becoming a mother.I suppose it all intertwines, in the end, but the book seemed to want to encompass too many things at once a personal story, a resource book, and an anecdote filled book

  4. says:

    Lisa Catherine Harper s compassionate yet shrewd memoir sheds new light on the complexities of becoming a mother I was astonished by her accuracy for detail and the depth of emotion she chronicled while living through this radical change in her life What an insightful gift this is for the first time mother.

  5. says:

    A beautifully compelling memoir Harper explores her journey into motherhood from her daughter s conception till her 9th month, grounding her personal story in the science of pregnancy and infant development It s a fascinating and lyrical account of those alternately disorienting and wondrous days, relevant even if you re long past them.

  6. says:

    A must read for anyone considering motherhood, or anyone who has a mother to appreciate how totally a baby takes over your body, heart and mind Not self absorbed at all, and mixes personal story with medical and psychological info Good stuff.

  7. says:

    As the first time mother of a toddler, I love to read well written accounts about discovering motherhood This one did nothing for me and I found myself skimming through the second half.

  8. says:

    Not what I was expecting I thought it was a science PhD student who was going to writeabout the science of what was happening But it s an English major type writing about a lot of dancing.

  9. says:

    I m glad I read this, although I did find it slow in some places It felt good to read about someone struggling with the same questions I am, but far enough down the road to have discovered some answers.

  10. says:

    This incredibly rich and enlightening book about one woman s journey into motherhood is a clear example of the successful merging of memoir and scientific study Harper writes with honesty about her own anxieties and uncertainties as she educates herself and the reader on the biological facts about the ultimate miracle of life She remains centered, however, with frequent moments of self awareness and grace I was just another pregnant woman Which was probably the most remarkable thing of a This incredibly rich and enlightening book about one woman s journey into motherhood is a clear example of the successful merging of memoir and scientific study Harper writes with honesty about her own anxieties and uncertainties as she educates herself and the reader on the biological facts about the ultimate miracle of life She remains centered, however, with frequent moments of self awareness and grace I was just another pregnant woman Which was probably the most remarkable thing of all National Book Critics Circle, named among top 12 of the Best of the Small Presses Harper s elegant, thoughful writing makes this a must read for expectant parentsThe author skillfully moves between the personal and the technicalUniversal, moving, and relevant Publishers Weekly With a stiff measure of gallows humor, Harper rides the physical, mental and emotional waves churned by impending motherhoodOne of Harper s appealing characteristics is the elemental, primal sensibility she brought to pregnancyA sweet, immediate articulation of the experience of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood Kirkus A wry, revealing memoir of motherhood San Jose Mercury News A narrative gift that any reader will enjoy Brain, Child Artfully blends humor and knowledge into her poignant memoirNot just for the female crowd, dads to be will also appreciate the light she sheds on the ins and outs of your nine months and beyond Pregnancy Newborn Magazine The way that Harper entwines science, history, narrative, and reflection makes reading this book like watching a carefully choreographed dance.A Double Life will appeal to readers at any stage of parenting, because at its heart it is an age old story of pregnancy and childbirth, and Harper s prose will help any harried mother to slow down, reflect on the fascinating transformations inherent in becoming a parent, and appreciate the here and now Literary Mama Superbly written and well researchedIf you have a close friend or family member expecting their first child, you couldn t give them a better gift than this book It s a must read for both moms and dads expecting their first child and something they can enjoy together while awaiting the birth of their baby BookDads.com Harper s A Double Life is a joy to read Full of lyrical prose, fascinating information and profound observation, this book should top any baby shower gift list or any new mother s stack of bedside books It is not to be missed Kimberly Ford, author of Hump True Tales of Sex after Kids Harper s funny, honest, literate, and eye opening memoir A Double Life is an absolute godsendSo if you re looking for a new book about parenting that won t make you look like a dork on the commuter train, let me help This is the cool one Jeff Gordinier, author of X Saves the World and Editor at Large of Details magazine Harper delivers a complex, heartfelt exploration of pregnancy and motherhood Smart, accessible, and emotionally compelling, it is part memoir, part manifesto a riveting read for anyone who is a mother, or hopes to become one Michelle Richmond, author of Dream of the Blue Room In an increasingly crowded field of parenting memoirs, A Double Life stands out for its clear eyed yet lyrical account of a woman s journey into motherhood with her daughter Caroline Grant, Mama, PhD Senior Editor, Literary Mama Engaging from start to finish Stephanie Barbagiovanni, M.D

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