And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O'Connell

And Now We Have Everything

Operating Instructions for the Millennial set: a fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up.Meaghan O'Connell always felt totally alienated by the cutesy, sanctimonious, sentimental tone of most writing about motherhood. After getting accidentally pregnant in her twenties, she realized that the book she needed--a brutally honest, agenda-less take on the emotional and existential impact of motherhood--didn't exist...

Details And Now We Have Everything

TitleAnd Now We Have Everything
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Parenting, Feminism, Biography, Biography Memoir, Adult

Reviews And Now We Have Everything

  • Emily May
    A woman had an electric razor out and was shaving my pubic hair. I debated asking her if she accepted tips and decided against it. This was such an enjoyable reading experience. I laughed, I remembered, I nodded along with some of the author's experiences and cringed at others. I suppose this is like the evil (and totally honest) twin to What to Expect When You're Expecting.O'Connell doesn't waste time with the bullshit. I have no idea if this bo...
  • Adrienne
    I related to this book very deeply, which is maybe odd, because I don't actually have children. But I'm trying to decide if I want to, and reading this memoir allowed me to feel like I was sitting inside a close friend's mind while she experienced everything for me. (Convenient! Except the body horror.)The writing is inviting, especially for a child of the internet like me: at turns bitingly sarcastic, deeply self-reflective, and breathtakingly v...
  • Annie Hartnett
    Compulsively readable, honest, & raw. Finished in one sitting and am glad to have read it.
  • Cynthia Shannon
    I'm the kind of person who likes to prepare for the worst-case scenario. If I know what the worst possible outcome might be then I can mentally prepare myself for that and be positively surprised if it's not as bad as I thought it would be. This book does exactly that and it's finally a book that doesn't gloss over the awful parts of early motherhood and giving birth (I was holding my breath through the whole birthing chapter. Everything that can...
  • Sarah Krammen
    Oh, that was everything. That was three years of my life wrapped up in 150 pages of words more beautiful and pointed and honest and vulnerable than I could find. I'm going to go wipe peanut butter off my son's face now, and focus on the joy.
  • Alaina
    Holy crap, this is graphic. The details of the epidural were enough to make me woozy, so I skipped through the rest of the birth scene.
  • Erin
    A few weeks after getting engaged to her partner, Meaghan finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. What follows is her no holds barred account of pregnancy and the eventual traumatic birth of her son. I liked this book because I feel like sometimes women make it sound like your babies will just stroll right out of you and it will be this majestic experience that you will treasure forever. Really - I once read about some birthing method that claims yo...
  • Jaime
    This book is so wonderful. A clear-eyed and honest look at becoming a mother, beautifully written and a real pleasure to read.
  • Brittney Irion
    This is such an honest, real book and I deeply related to about 80 percent of it. This entire book is now filled with notes, underlined, and I know I will go back to those passages again and again. As someone who doesn’t have any close friends with children (or at least no one who knew me pre-kids) it felt nice to finally have my feelings and experiences validated by another woman who doesn’t define herself by her motherhood. She so perfectly...
  • Sara Leonard
    When reading motherhood narratives, I feel I usually connect from afar - I enjoy the story without really feeling like I'm a part of it. And Now We Have Everything completely changed that. O'Connell's stories of anxiety, triumph, and terror, both set before and after her son's birth, are meant for mothers, partners, and women who still see the idea of motherhood as a possibility far down the road. These brutally honest essays should be required r...
  • Laura
    She documents getting pregnant unexpectedly and how her and her fiance choose to keep the baby. Not something I felt compelled to read entirely, but young moms or women wanting to have their first baby would enjoy this book.
  • Jill
    I loved this book because I don't have kids, but I could easily see myself in Meaghan's writing as someone who wants things but is afraid I'm not allowed to want them. This book felt so true, so helplessly honest, introspective and open. Ah! I just really liked it.
  • María Isabel
    Insightful, unapologetic, but a bit whiny at times. I was most enthralled by the author's poignant descriptions of post-partum depression. This is a very vulnerable book, and reads much like an expose on all things pregnancy and birth, but at times I was left feeling hollow and unsympathetic because the narrator's voice read hollow and unsympathetic. I recommend this book to any woman wanting serious insight without the sugar-coating.
  • Nona
    Interesting memoir of author Meaghan O'Connell's arrival at pregnancy and motherhood. Very honest about her conflicting feelings as pretty much every new mother is! Really loved following her story, so much reminded me of early motherhood!
  • Lexie
    ARC.Man, this book spoke to me. She spoke to a lot of the feelings I had as a new mother. I appreciated her brutal honesty and knowing that I wasn’t alone.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Open honest raw real look at becoming a mother every mother will relate its funny scary your life completely taken over .