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The Art of Waiting

On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood
Belle Boggs
When Belle Boggs’s “The Art of Waiting” was published in Orion in 2012, it went viral, leading to republication in Harper’s, an interview on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, and a spot at the intersection of “highbrow” and “brilliant” in New York magazine’s “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 Who’s 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 childfree lives.

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. 

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$16.00
ISBN
978-1-55597-749-8
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Pages
256
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
A brilliant exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility

About the Author

Belle  Boggs
Credit: Barbara Tyroler
Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting and Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in Orion, Harper’s, the Paris Review, Ecotone, Slate, and many other publications. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

http://www.belleboggs.com/
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Praise

  • “Boggs has done something quite lovely and laudable with The Art of Waiting: She’s given a cold, clinical topic some much-needed warmth and soul. The miracle of life, you might even say.”The New York Times
  • “Boggs joins the ranks of great American essayists, writing fearlessly about the personal and the political and where they intersect.”O, The Oprah Magazine, Top 10 Books of 2016
  • “An eye-opening, gorgeously written blend of memoir, reportage, and cultural analysis.”Boston Globe
  • “Smart, elegant. . . . [The Art of Waiting] is a painful, enlightening joy to read.”The Washington Post
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