Little Spells is a hero’s journey, taking readers from the ordinary world of conception and trying for a baby into the special world of infertility and miscarriage before returning victorious and changed to the ordinary world of pregnancy and early motherhood. In this world, motherhood is both the prize and call to action.
This debut by long-time Detroit Free Press columnist Desiree Cooper includes 31 vignettes lives of women and the issues that crop up as one navigates the These intricately woven tales highlight various aspects of life from childhood to old age, and shed light on the concessions sometimes made to peers, partners, children, coworkers, and even strangers.
Jennifer Massoni Pardini
Mira Ptacin’s memoir is a story of her life, which spans her upbringing in Battle Creek, Michigan, and eventual move to New York City to become a writer. It is an immigrant story, it is about maternity and its various forms—pregnancy, adoption, mourning, egg donation even. As the author herself bills the book, it is about “the uterus and the American dream.”
Katherine D. Stutzman
No matter where they fall on the spectrums of race and class, Castro writes about her characters with careful attention, exploring their struggles, dramatizing the choices that are and are not open to them, and investing each of them with humanity.
At the heart of this excruciatingly necessary memoir beats a profound truth: even in, or especially in, our most intimate relationships—parent to child, spouse to spouse—we can’t completely know each other.
Karen Leona Anderson’s forthcoming poetry collection is a groundbreaking repurposing of—and response to—the overlooked scraps of daily life. In this book, Anderson illuminates images that I myself normally sweep aside: the asparagus tips, the receipts, the department store dresses, the sparrows. Reading her book has beckoned me to see the poetry in the ordinary domestic objects of my own life.
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