The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood

The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood

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Paperback, Pages: 224

Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Parenting

Language: English

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The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood
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A brilliant exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility

When Belle Boggss The Art of Waiting was published in Orion in 2012, it went viral, leading to republication in Harpers Magazine, an interview on NPRs The Diane Rehm Show, and a spot at the intersection of highbrow and brilliant in New York magazines Approval Matrix.

In that heartbreaking essay, Boggs eloquently recounts her realization that she might never be able to conceive. She searches the apparently fertile world around her--the emergence of thirteen-year cicadas, the birth of eaglets near her rural home, and an unusual gorilla pregnancy at a local zoo--for signs that she is not alone. Boggs also explores other aspects of fertility and infertility: the way longing for a child plays out in the classic Coen brothers film Raising Arizona; the depiction of childlessness in literature, from Macbeth to Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; the financial and legal complications that accompany alternative means of family making; the private and public expressions of iconic writers grappling with motherhood and fertility. She reports, with great empathy, complex stories of couples who adopted domestically and from overseas, LGBT couples considering assisted reproduction and surrogacy, and women and men reflecting on childless or child-free lives.

In The Art of Waiting, Boggs deftly distills her time of waiting into an expansive contemplation of fertility, choice, and the many possible roads to making a life and making a family.

Reader Reviews
  •    Sazil Averston
    2020
    This book felt scattered to me. The author would jump seemingly randomly from topic to topic. But for some reason I found it interesting. It made me think a lot about what infertility means for someone in our society. It also made me think about being selfish and wanting something that you can’t have. I also respected that the author wasn’t wealthy and had restrictions on what types of procedures they could have. They were also a bit biased and negative about adoption and surrogacy, or maybe they were realistic that they can be complicated. And it’s unclear if class issues play a role where rich couples take advantage of poor families around the world. It was thoughtful how they addressed issues of fairness in America and who has the privilege of having these procedures. But in the end it amplified my own sadness while at the same time I was grateful to the author for being a compassionate guide.
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  •    Kejora Armogida
    2020
    Well written and a good account of some of the pain experienced in infertility, but author fell short in her adoption chapter. Felt she could have shared more uplifting stories - instead it came across as gloom and doom to go that route. Which I felt was short sighted as IVF is cost prohibitive, many don't want to take the risk to their health and it fails way more often than it succeeds.
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