Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley

Kid Gloves

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 successful pregnancy plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-deat...

Details Kid Gloves

TitleKid Gloves
Release DateFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherFirst Second Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Comics, Parenting, Adult

Reviews Kid Gloves

  • Lola
    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 li...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 wer...
  • 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 miscar...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    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 animate...
  • Elizabeth A
    "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 fo...
  • 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...
  • Carol Tilley
    An important and moving book that's certain to be an Eisner contender for 2019.
  • Rod Brown
    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.
  • Ashley
    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 b...
  • 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 thro...
  • Marcela
    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...
  • Elena
    I really enjoyed how she told this story, and I am still RAGING over her doctor's incompetence.
  • b.andherbooks
    Content warning: miscarriageI 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 pre...
  • 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 taug...
  • 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.
  • Suzanne
    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 insightf...
  • Jamie
    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 t...
  • Ashley Owens
    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 w...
  • Kathleen
    My Q&A for the Chicago Tribune: 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...
  • Anne
    "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 cou...
  • 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 valid...
  • Maggie
    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.
  • Helen
    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/...
  • Maia
    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...
  • Laura
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Errin
    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 p...
  • Megan K.
    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 m...