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My Body is a Big Fat Temple

Alena Dillon

Warwick’s presents
Alena Dillon
in conversation with Catherine Newman

My Body is a Big Fat Temple

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 4:00pm PDT

My Body is a Big Fat Temple
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On Wednesday, October 13th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host Alena Dillon as she discusses her new book, My Body Is A Big Fat Temple: An Ordinary Story of Pregnancy and Early Motherhood, in conversation with Catherine Newman. Alena Dillon is the author of Mercy House, a Library Journal Best Book of 2020, which has been optioned for a CBS television series produced by Amy Schumer, and The Happiest Girl in the World. Her essays have appeared in publications including The Rumpus, Slice Magazine, LitHub, Bustle, and River Teeth. She teaches creative writing at St. Joseph's College and lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband, son, and dog.

My Body Is A Big Fat Temple, a memoir of pregnancy and early motherhood, follows a writer as she debates having children, miscarries, faces morning sickness, uncertainty, physical impairments, labor, breastfeeding, the "baby blues," the heartache of not loving her son as she thinks she should, parenting through a plague, until finally (basically, mostly) blossoming into her new identity.

Creating life is a primal phenomenon. It requires grit, resilience, and a lot of bathroom breaks. There are dry heaves and darkened nipples, crotch lightning and brain fuzz, milk stains, sleep regressions, and equal amounts of despair and joy. It's a complicated magic. The undertaking is airbrushed to preserve the ideal of motherhood, and exacerbated by a culture that dictates what women can do and how they should feel. We don't get the full story, so mothers with unromantic experiences feel like aberrations, and worse, alone. This is why the voices of women matter. The voices of mothers matter. Here's one to remind you of the important things.

Catherine Newman is the author of the award-winning bestseller How to Be a Person, as well as two parenting memoirs: Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness, and a middle-grade novel, One Mixed-Up Night. She's also the co-author of Stitch Camp. Newman is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award-winning kids' cooking magazine ChopChop. A regular contributor to publications including the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Parents, and Cup of Jo, Newman lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781949116878
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Woodhall Press - October 12th, 2021