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Guarding the Moon: A Mother's First Year Hardcover – April 15, 2003


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This slight volume belies the depth of emotion conveyed within, as children's and YA author Block (Dangerous Angels, etc.) invites the reader to peer into her heart and mind during the first year after the birth of her first child. She's penned a lyrical, poetic vision of the early moments and months that are so precious and hard to describe. That the story (mostly) glosses over the monotonous work of child-rearing and the moments of frustration and anxiety is beside the point; other books provide solace for the new mother who needs to know she's not the only one who isn't enchanted by every single moment. For those who are enchanted, or for those who are dealing with the challenges of older children and wish to revisit the fleeting first year through rose-tinted glasses, Block enlightens with lines such as, "It felt like being in love for the first time. I wanted to woo her... I wanted the magic charm of fabrics and colors to transform me into a mother worthy of my daughter." She describes their adventures in parks and yoga classes and the rare moments when she learns to separate from the baby, having manicures, rediscovering her relationship with her husband and getting back to her work in writing this book. Most of all, Block illuminates the myriad ways in which her child has transformed her vision of the world, in language that sings.
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About the Author

Francesca Lia Block is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestsellers The Rose and The Beast, Violet & Claire, and Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat books, as well as I Was a Teenage Fairy, Girl Goddess #9, The Hanged Man, Echo, and Nymph. Her work has been translated into seven different languages and is published around the world. She made her dazzling entrance onto the literary scene with her debut novel Weetzie Bat in 1989. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her daughter and son, and Two Dogs.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: HarperResource; 1st edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066213673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066213675
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award. has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online.

Customer Reviews

I felt like I could have wrote this book.
SomeBooksAreWorthIt
This book answers some of those questions and is a beautiful testament of a mother's love for her daughter.
Leeann
I would encourage anyone to buy this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on April 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
With only a quick glance at the title, GUARDING THE MOON: A Mother's First Year, it is easy to imagine Francesca Lia Block's latest book as a guide for parents of newborns. But inside the cover is instead a beautiful, poetic and often brutally honest memoir of a first time mother's love for her baby and a record of her journey to self-love and emotional fulfillment.
GUARDING THE MOON is a chronicle of Block's first year of motherhood: her joys, fears, anxieties and discoveries. Beginning at the moment she gives birth --- when she welcomes her daughter into the world --- and ending with the baby's first birthday, this slender volume is intimate and powerful. Block always wanted children, but barriers seemed to meet her at every turn. When she brings her healthy baby to term, after previously miscarrying, the responsibility she feels for her daughter (both physical and emotional) is overwhelming and awesome --- as overwhelming and awesome as if she had been chosen to guard the moon.
While, for the most part, the book is about one woman's emotional, physical and spiritual reaction to becoming a mother, it is also about community and family. Block is supported in her first year as a mother by her loving husband and mother, surrounded by friends and adored by her two dogs. All of them contribute to her experience and story.
Still, at the center of this literary celebration are Block and her daughter, also affectionately known as Babela, Kewpie, Moon Girl and Girly-Swirl, to mention just a few pet names. In the beginning, they are dependant on each other as frame of reference; the mother is the baby's world, the baby is the mother's moon. But, over the course of the year, they both begin to expand their universe.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chi on August 9, 2004
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'Guarding the Moon' is a wonderful book about how joyous and enrapturing motherhood and babies are. Those who found this book "hilarious" or "terrible" apparently don't understand the obsession a woman can have with loving her child, when she has desired one for a long time. If you're looking for a book with nothing but cutsie anecdotes about stinky diapers and complaints about waking up in the middle of the night with a child, then you shouldn't read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you're familiar with FLB's books and her writing style, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I enjoyed her frank honesty about the way some new mothers can obsess about all the important and seemingly unimportant things about their babies. This book does a great job of expressing her growing into her own skin as a new mama.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ursh on August 21, 2005
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This is a beautifully written book. I read it obsessively from cover to cover, in one sitting. It is so familiar to what I feel for my little girl. It is absolutely lyrical, delightful. I highly recommend, especially for those who can appreciate the experiences AND the writing!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Guarding The Moon" did not surprise me in its beautiful lyrical content which is not unlike that of Block's previous novels. However, this book does take on a different note and feeling to it because it is non-ficiton. Block writes about her babies first year, including the joy of giving birth as well as the changes and adaptions that take place within herself, her family, and of course her baby. More then anything this book is the authors self-song of praise to the birth and life of her daughter. Having a first child makes a woman feel things and think things she hadn't imagined she'd feel or think and Block captures this rather accurately in a series of moments centering around the impact of her baby on her life. While Block explains the hardship that can come with having a new baby, she continuously emphasizes the joy and beauty of having a new spririt in her life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Kaester on April 24, 2003
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At first when I heard about this book, I didn't think it'd be as good as her others because it wasn't fiction, but being that Francesca Lia Block is my favorite author, I bought it anyway. I read the whole thing last night, and I don't have any problem admitting that I was completely wrong about my first assumption. This book is her best yet. It's so touching the way she talks about her daughter and her new life as a mother. It's deffinately a book you want to own a copy of.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leeann on April 18, 2003
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You should probably know that I'm a bit biased about this book, because Francesca Lia Block is, in my opinion, the most amazing author ever. So of course I devoured _Guarding the Moon_ in less than 24 hours, and found every page delicious. Block meditates on life with her new daughter using the same gorgeous language that made me fall in love with her fictional characters. Even as someone who *never* wants children, I couldn't help but be moved by Block's love for her daughter.
The book, like Block's others, is beautiful, even as some parts are very sad. If you've read her other works, you've no doubt wondered about which of the themes (dead & dying fathers, eating disorders, etc.) Block had pulled out of her own life. This book answers some of those questions and is a beautiful testament of a mother's love for her daughter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on August 6, 2003
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Come with Francesca Lia Block as she embarks upon her first year as a mother, told with the raw awe-inspired language of a new parent in her GUARDING THE MOON.
Lyrical, like a lullaby, this author's astonishment & joy of at last giving birth to a living child, & all the wonder that first year unfolds.
Beautifully expressed. A delight!
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