Breeding in Captivity: One Woman's Unusual Path to Motherhood

Breeding in Captivity: One Woman's Unusual Path to Motherhood

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by Stacy Bolt
     
 

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More and more women today are waiting to have children—whether intentionally or due to circumstances beyond their control. But when they do, the desire to have a child at an “advanced maternal age” can be both overwhelming and intimidating. Breeding in Captivity illuminates the experience of infertility and adoption, offeringSee more details below

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More and more women today are waiting to have children—whether intentionally or due to circumstances beyond their control. But when they do, the desire to have a child at an “advanced maternal age” can be both overwhelming and intimidating. Breeding in Captivity illuminates the experience of infertility and adoption, offering readers an inside look at the process while simultaneously captivating them with an extraordinary—often hilarious—story of what it means to become a mother.

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Publishers Weekly
Bolt is an infertile couple’s best friend. When laughs are required, she refers to the doctor’s office as “The Spanketeria” and greets a negative pregnancy test by drinking straight from a bottle of champagne. Bolt is especially skilled at schadenfreude and not afraid to use it. After all, her difficult experience is destined to make others feel better. Beyond being infertile, Bolt’s endometriosis required surgery. When numerous rounds of uterine insemination (think: turkey baster) failed, she and her husband considered adoption and met three birthmothers who changed their minds. In writing about the deepest and darkest aspects of the quest to become a parent, Bolt’s prose can border on flippant—a girl’s guide gone pregnant—but she also writes with enviable acuity, as when she describes a visit to the home of friends, raising twin toddlers conceived in vitro: “There was a thin sheen of what appeared to be a fruit glaze on everything. The parents, once buttoned-up professionals, were shells of their formal selves…. Mark, whose patrician features had always seemed Gatsbyesque, now had the haunted, empty quality of a Dorothea Lange Dust Bowl portrait.” Infertility has a profound effect on hearts and pocketbooks, but with a martini glass in hand, Bolt promises comfort and humor to those hoping for as happy an ending as this book delivers. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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"Stacy Bolt has written the perfect memoir-one that is so smart and funny and full of heart that it transcends what it's about and becomes instead, quite simply, a book about all of us. Breeding in Captivity is a dazzling, wise, beautiful debut. -Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild "Stacy Bolt, in Breeding in Captivity, tells the unvarnished, wicked truth about the modern quest for motherhood. And it's the real truth, not some fake, edgy, culturally-approved truth. Forget everything you thought you knew about infertility and adoption. Bolt's experience is harrowing and darkly hilarious. It's funny, sassy, irreverent, and has a haunted house in it, and also a 6' iguana named Elvis. Furthermore, it's infertility in Portland. It's the quest for motherhood, with a bird on it." —Karen Karbo, author of How Georgia Became O'Keeffe"Honest, poignant, funny, and spot-on, Stacy Bolt's Breeding in Captivity chronicles her and her husband's winding—and a tad loopy—path to parenthood. Step into this memoir and you will be greeted at the door with a martini and a cozy seat in the middle of the heartbreaking, hopeful, and sometimes ridiculous world of infertility, guided by Bolt's sure, witty, and heart-wise voice throughout."—Susan Woodring, author of Springtime on Mars "Bolt is an infertile couple's best friend. When laughs are required, she refers to the doctor's office as 'The Spanketeria' and greets a negative pregnancy test by drinking straight from a bottle of champagne. Bolt is especially skilled at schadenfreude and not afraid to use it. After all, her difficult experience is destined to make others feel better. Beyond being infertile, Bolt's endometriosis required surgery. When numerous rounds of uterine insemination (think: turkey baster) failed, she and her husband considered adoption . . . In writing about the deepest and darkest aspects of the quest to become a parent, Bolt's prose can border on flippant—a girl's guide gone pregnant—but she also writes with enviable acuity. . . . Infertility has a profound effect on hearts and pocketbooks, but with a martini glass in hand, Bolt promises comfort and humor to those hoping for as happy an ending as this book delivers." —Publishers Weekly

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ISBN-13:
9780762787982
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
830,861
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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