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Body Full of Stars

List Price: $26.00

ON SALE: January 16, 2018 | Hardcover | 6x9, 272 pages | ISBN 9781619024892

What if labor does not end with pregnancy but continues into a mother’s postpartum life? How can the fiercest love for your child and the deepest wells of grief coexist in the same moment? How has society neglected honest conversation around the significant physical changes new mothers experience? Could real healing occur if generations of women were fluent in the language of their bodies?

Molly Caro May grapples with these questions as she undergoes several unexpected health issues after the birth of her first child Eula: pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, hormonal imbalance. As she and her husband navigate new parenthood, May also moves between shock, sadness, and anger over her body’s betrayal. She finally identifies the roots of her anguish as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and what she calls female rage. The process leads May to a long-desired conversation with her body in an attempt to balance the physical changes she experiences with the emotional landscape opening up before her.

Body Full of Stars is one woman’s story—dark and tender, honest and corporeal— that reveals deeper truths about how disconnected many modern women are from their bodies. It is her “postpartum awakening.” It is also a joyful and tenderhearted celebration of the greatest story of all time: mothers and daughters, partners and co-parents, and the feminine power surging beneath it all.

About Molly Caro May

MOLLY CARO MAY is a writer whose work explores body, place and the foreign/familiar dichotomy. She runs writing workshops with the aim of democratizing writing and taking it down from the distant pedestal we keep it on as a culture. Her first book, The Map of Enough earned a starred Kirkus review and was lauded as “an impressive debut memoir . . . May joins the ranks of Gretel Ehrlich and Annie Proulx”; Elle Magazine called it “addictive” and Booklist wrote, “it is a more homegrown version of Eat, Pray, Love.” She is the co-founder of the Thunderhead Writers’ Collective and received a writing fellowship at the Taft Nicholson Environmental Humanities Center, where she wrote the first draft of her second book. After living in six countries and eight states in the US, she’s now found a home base in Montana where she lives with her husband, two young daughters and Great Dane mutt.

Praise

Praise for Body Full of Stars

“Radiant. Bursting with wisdom and wit, raw with honesty, full of the truth. This book is nothing short of remarkable, life affirming, and breathtaking.” —Mira Ptacin, author of Poor Your Soul

“This book is an ancient call from our first mothers to connect to our bodies—for our own good and for the good of humanity. Through sharing her fierce and shattering story, Molly May goes straight to the pelvis of female rage and echoes the legacy of the sacred feminine. It is healing, illuminated.” —Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is…

“As a naturopathic physician and someone who walks with women through postpartum struggles, I found this book inspiring, deeply moving, and illustrative of the tremendous strength of women, mothers—and fathers. Molly has added a vital story to the perinatal body of literature. Loved it!” —Christine White Deeble, ND, Black Bear Naturopathic Clinic

Praise for The Map of Enough

“The story of a young couple’s year on family land in Montana, building a yurt. Wonderful feeling for the land and its wildlife, and a compelling story of the couple’s adventures in yurt building, living on the land, and how the year changes them.” —Georgiana, Magnolia’s Bookstore, Seattle, WA

The Map of Enough offers readers a richly considered perspective and, for many, a glimpse of a sweet settled life lived far away.” —Orion Magazine

The Map of Enough is moving, poetic, and addictive. May’s sense of wonder at her new world and adventurous spirit is admirable and contagious, but even more important is the way she inspires us to question our own deeply-held beliefs about home and happiness.” —Elle

“A more homegrown version of Eat, Pray, Love… […] readers will find much to ponder in this journey to home and family. An obvious choice for book groups eager for rich discussions on the road less traveled.” —Booklist

“In an impressive debut memoir, a self-proclaimed “Woman of the World” chronicles her journey to find a home. May joins the ranks of Gretel Ehrlich and Annie Proulx, celebrants of sagebrush, big skies, and journeys of self-discovery —May’s poetic, gleaming prose makes palpable the wildness and wind, freezing and thawing earth, delicate fragrances of grass and budding trees—and her own profound transformation.” —Kirkus, (starred review)

“More than a story of building an adobe, it’s about yurt life and its connections to nature and the elements, and offers keys to understanding the lure of a nomadic home that can be disassembled and moved at the blink of an eye. Any interested in mobile living and yurts will find this an inspirational, revealing autobiography packed with insights and encouragement.” —The Midwest Book Review

“Could a wanderer learn to stay put without stagnating? Could a woman brought up without survival skills learn to build her own shelter, split firewood, grow food? Could a browser of the Internet keep from drowning in the electronic sea of possibilities? Could she learn to be fully present to her life without hankering to be elsewhere? Molly Caro May tackles all these questions, and more, in prose as candid and lucid as an April morning. She holds the hard-won answers lightly, open to correction from fresh experience.” —Scott Russell Sanders, Earth Works: New & Selected Essays.

“This is a book about possibilities—about the author’s, yes, but also about all of us. Read it and be implicated!” —Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist

The Map of Enough is a joyful adventure. It doesn’t hurt that our guide on that adventure is the exuberant, complex, thoughtful, and boisterous Molly Caro May, a placeless woman trying to find her place. It turns out that that place is a yurt in Montana, as archetypal as Thoreau’s cabin. In sentences that are beautiful and lyric, May makes us think about our own lives and how we choose to pass our days on earth.” —David Gessner, author of My Green Manifesto

“In Molly Caro May’s debut memoir, May and her fiancée Chris move to her family’s land in Montana for a one-year stay… May’s exceptional use of imagery effortlessly captures the atmosphere of Montana countryside, making it familiar yet mysterious? For Molly, the move is more than just breaking away from mundane life; it is an exploratory process of finding purpose and connection with her inner self. May’s clean writing and excellent use of sensory detail produces a tangible effect of the land. The reader can smell the earth; feel the cold, damp snow; hear twigs snapping and birds chirping. The landscape comes alive on every page. May’s thought-provoking journey will challenge the reader to question their own lives.” —Billings Gazette

“In her beautifully written memoir [May] explores the challenge and allure of creating a real home in an age of ever-more-virtual interactions – and reminds us why we love the West.” —Sunset Magazine

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