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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
Posted July 18, 2014
Posted March 30, 2014
You’d think a story about struggling to become a parent (ie fertility doctors, adoption, etc) would be dry. But surprisingly Breeding in Captivity is a very captivating book. Stacy Bolt knows how to write a good story. She injects wit and humor into her account of her journey to motherhood, making it a remarkably good book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2014
I was a baby-making machine who got pregnant twice while on the finest birth control my dr. could prescribe, so I had no idea how heart-wrenching infertility could be. This author took me inside her grief and hope, and gave me a new appreciation for the 4 babies (now 19, 12, 11, and 8) that I've been blessed with. Quite simply, I loved this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.