Body Full of Stars by Molly Caro May

Body Full of Stars

"This book is an ancient call from our first mothers to connect to our bodies―for our own good and for the good of humanity . . . It is healing, illuminated." ―Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is... What if labor does not end with pregnancy but continues into a mother's postpartum life? How can the fiercest love for your child and the deepest wells of grief coexist in the same moment? How h...

Details Body Full of Stars

TitleBody Full of Stars
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Parenting, Nonfiction, Feminism

Reviews Body Full of Stars

  • Janelle
    BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May - Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. I found this book an extremely personal, necessary, and important work that all women should read. I am not a mother but I was still able to identify and empathize with much of what was written. I have very close friends who are moms that have struggled in similar ways. Although I am not a mom, and even though I can...
  • Ramona Mead
    This is a tough review for me. Based on my reading experience, I would say 4 stars. I bumped it up to 5 because this is an extraordinary work of memoir. The author's honesty and vulnerability is incredible, and when I think about the fact that that her husband and family support her 100% and didn't try to sensor a word in this book, it blows my mind. This is an important book, and it's striking up crucial conversations for women. As a woman who h...
  • Kristin Boldon
    An excellent, lyrically written, often wrenching memoir about one woman's postpartum struggles with rage and physical healing, while also celebrating the love she has for her daughter, and the connection she builds with her mother and the memory of her grandmother. It sometimes wandered too far for my taste into the mystical, and I occasionally struggled to follow the story, but I was always willing to keep going with this author. It's so importa...
  • Devon Steven
    3.5 stars. Lots of lovely writing and phenomenal ideas about motherhood, female rage, and our bodies, but it meandered on for longer than served its purpose, resulting in an overall feeling of navel gazing instead of philosophizing.
  • Alex Templeton
    I have probably mentioned in other reviews how my favorite new subgenre of memoir are motherhood memoirs, especially early motherhood memoirs. I became a mother four years ago, so I enjoy commiserating with authors about their experiences of this nutty time. I looked forward to reading this one, as it promised to explore the emotion of rage, and that is something that I've struggled with. There have been many times where it all just seems! So! UN...
  • Katie
    I was initially hesitant about reading this memoir as it reminded me of a very overwhelming and manipulative old friend of mine, who also happened to be a Cancer as is the author, Molly. A noteworthy sentence I took from the novel is Molly's mother telling her "We've all heard enough of your troubles... I just hope you learn how to take care of yourself. I haven't seen you do that yet." This sentence summed up my feelings perfectly towards my old...
  • Lisa Eirene
    This is a very important book and I wish I had read it two years ago, when I was in the middle of the post-partum haze. I could relate to this book SO MUCH. I think it’s an injustice to women that the modern birth and pregnancy books don’t really talk about post-partum issues much. Sure, they might give you a checklist of PPD signs but they don’t talk about much of the issues that can happen…“Because we are a culture focused on the sing...
  • Mel
    "She is, after all, the greatest story of all time."*I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review*Sometimes a book in the giveaways stands out as one you are particularly excited about, despite the odds of actually winning. This was one of those books. Although I have never been pregnant and have no plans on it in the near future, the element of body fluency caught my attention. Plus, the cover is gorgeous. After ...
  • Stephanie Allen
    This is a very important book. There is so little in literature about the post-partum experiences of women. This is a hold-nothing-back account of a woman desiring to be embodied in a body that some would consider "damaged" by childbirth. As a future OB-Gyn this journey was very eye-opening for future experiences with patients. This book also made me further realize the dearth of support for pregnant and post-partum women in the American system. ...
  • Jamie
    This book explores in head-nodding detail the part of motherhood and pregnancy that goes ignored - that postpartum period where everything you expect can be flipped on its head. I had an easy pregnancy, a painful and overwhelming but not overly traumatic labor, and then a gruesome couple of months where I tried to heal. But no one talks about the mother. No one allows the wholly singular physical and emotional pain to be expressed because look at...
  • Sarah
    Finally a real book about the postpartum experience.
  • Lea
    This book connected me to motherhood in new ways and spoke right to the core of Me. It wasn’t an easy read but I took comfort in the morsels and will for a long time to come I’m sure. Thanks Ramona for letting me read your copy.
  • Marilyn Guggenheim
    Body Full of Stars captures the gorgeous wonder of new life and love, and shows how these are inescapably entangled with hard work that pushes us to our limits. These days when pregnancy, childbirth and parenting take their place with weddings as a kind of competitive sport among us entitled middle-class Americans, Molly Caro May’s memoir takes readers to the messy, beautiful reality of the essential grind. “Essential” because the humbling ...
  • Kayla Hollis
    As a momma who suffered postpartum depression, particularly in the form of rage, I needed this book so much. Some parts were not completely up my alley - the author is a lot more into nature and being connected to the earth than I am - but I appreciated the perspective anyway; it was beautiful. I'd venture to say that any mother who felt differently than they were "supposed" to after giving birth- i.e., not glowing and basking in happiness and lo...
  • Julia Flath
    An important topic, so i wanted to like this. but what bad writing. I can’t believe she’s gotten to publish two books and works as a writing teacher. Very train of thought repetitive naval gazing. Rambling about mother goddesses. Describing past fights with her husband sound like rage/getting worked up aren’t that new to her and make it seem like she was already a little crazy. saying over and over that she wants her husband to honor her - ...
  • Suzanne Terry
    TLDR: Did not like it. I stalled on it for a month once I'd gotten about halfway through and then hate-read the second half. Technically, I'm counting this as my "Book With a Cover You Don't Like" category for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2018 because I let this one sit on my shelf for months, avoiding it, knowing that heading back into postpartum territory could be triggering for me. Well, happy to report that Molly Caro May's memoir didn't b...
  • Leda
    I read this in the first six weeks postpartum because the topic of body betrayal and the mystery of childbirth were all I was (am) thinking about. The themes of the book are important and I want to support books that promote and discuss them, but the exploration was unfocused and repetitive. By partway through the book I was bored and frustrated.
  • Kseniya Zaslavskaya
    Initially sucked me in but shortly after the middle began to slow down significantly. I loved the parts about motherhood, especially correlations between her mother and herself as a new mother. Once we went into more background, for body image character development purposes, I actually felt like i was disconnecting from the author.
  • Joan Ifland
    The dear complexity of mothersThis book captures the vagaries of the new mother. Threads of life past and future catch up and spin out with disorienting fierceness just when we are most vulnerable. This book let me know and accept my new motherhood 35 years later.
  • Maggie
    Excellent. Raw, real + unfiltered. I'm grateful for this book--it felt like a beautiful dream to read it, even amidst the nightmarish moments, because it's so lyrical, honest + forgiving. This is a superb piece of memoir.
  • Erika
    The beautiful, but not glamorous, look into the postpartum period of pregnancy, and a woman's hormones in general. Very insightful read, and left me with a list of questions to research as well as a feeling of solidarity.
  • Rachel
    Couldn’t get into it...did not finish.
  • Mary Nee
    I recommend this book, and I am glad I read it.
  • Sara Herdrich
    Intense Wrote the words that many of us Mother’s can’t articulate. I would recommend it to every mother new and old.
  • Morgan Schulman
    I really wanted more rage and less white lady yoni-writing
  • Lauren
    It started strong but petered out about halfway through. A lot of great insights into postpartum, just wish it didn’t become so navel-gazing.
  • K
    I liked this initially but found it quite self-indulgent by the end.
  • Cari Sly
    Very well written. The language was very artistic and interesting to follow.