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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Catalyst Book Press (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980208130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980208139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monica Murphy LeMoine is a college English instructor, former Peace Corps volunteer, and emerging writer. She blogs about knocked-down life at www.knockedupknockeddown.blogspot.com, and is the founder of Exhale, an online literary magazine for infertility and pregnancy/infant loss. Her written work has appeared in numerous publications, including Reality Mom, Hip Mama, and Mamazine. Monica lives in Seattle, Washington with her awesome husband, one small and scruffy dog, and her newborn son - Sean Murphy LeMoine.

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Monica Lemoine has written a great memoir.
Steve Butler
If you've ever been saddened by a loss too big to imagine, or know someone who has, or think you might feel this way someday, read Knocked Up Knocked Down.
Gardenia
For those of us who have walked similar paths, there is a lot here that will be familiar.
Nicole Breit

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Man from the North on June 11, 2010
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In Knocked Up, Knocked Down, Monica Murphy Lemoine offers readers an opportunity to embark on the rarest of journeys, to see the world through the eyes of a woman who experiences one of the most personal and extreme forms of trauma: a miscarriage.

The honesty with which Monica crafts each of her postcard-like narratives targets our hearts and stomachs with surgical precision. One moment we hold her hand and cry with her as her physician quietly coveys dire news, and the next we gyrate with her on the basement floor of her home during a disco dance she had organized for her expectant friends. From one alternately hilarious and terrifying tale to the next, we laugh and we cry. We hope and we heal. And as we accompany Monica on her journey, we never stop cheering for her to reach that maddeningly elusive goal of motherhood.

A note to male readers: This book is as much for us as it is for our female friends, family members, and loved ones. With grace, wit, charm, humor, and humility, Mrs. Murphy Lemoine teaches us that life's most horrendous experiences amount to far more than the damage they inflict. Indeed, she shows us that the graver the wound the greater the opportunity for emotional and spiritual growth.

-Dan Macomber
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Baab on April 19, 2010
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Many parts of this book read like I was talking to myself, except that this me was funnier, wiser, and more honest. At this stage of my grieving process (16 months) it was the perfect read. There was no glib sappiness or quickie happy ending, but it was the real journey of one woman through a great deal of loss and heartache. I don't know why it matters so much to know there are others who've been down this road before me, but it helps me immensely. I hope she writes a second book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cassie S. Hewitt on April 21, 2010
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The world of miscarriage is more heavily populated than most realize, but because talking and writing about it isn't popular (yet!), when you find yourself--quite suddenly--in that world, you often feel alone. Monica Lemoine's witty, gritty, honest, and inspiring writing showed me that not only wasn't I alone, I had a guide of sorts, a best friend who had already been in the trenches (3 times) and made it through. If you have experienced a pregnancy loss and the standard pink & blue/flowery/teddy bear world just doesn't work for you, Knocked Up, Knocked Down will undoubtedly have you nodding your head in "yes, yes, I know exACtly how you felt" agreement, crying shared tears of frustration and devastation, and--here's the unique part---laughing uproariously in spots you never expected. What, you say? Laughter, at a time like this? Yes. Yes, and yes. Lemoine has the uncanny ability to combine honest and hilarious frankness with tender sensitivity and artistic inspiration in a big swirl of hopes, sorrow, hipness, and tragedy that leave you wanting more, more, and more (I read it in two fervent late night sessions!). I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who has gone through any sort of pregnancy loss or infertility problems, and here's why: it has been a key part of my not just "accepting" my Knocked Up Knocked Down-ed-ness, but seriously embracing it with all the strength my two arms and strong heart can hold. Monica Lemoine is blazing a trail through a dark forest, holding a light so that all can see--through her story, her life--that we are a tribe, a sisterhood,and we need never walk it alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa F on April 4, 2010
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With honesty, grace, and--yes--even a bit of humour, LeMoine tells the tale of recurrent pregnancy loss and stillbirth. Through cross-country moves, home improvements, and getting through the births of the Baby Ladies, Monica opens up the world of loss to the reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nora L. Dalasta on April 20, 2010
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I think EVERYONE should read this. Female, male, canine, bovine, everyone because, the odds are, that you will either experience this kind of loss first hand or know someone who will. But even though this type of loss is very common, LeMoine points out the uncommon hurt and discomfort felt by herself, her husband, and everyone in their lives. It's a blaringly honest look into the world of pregnancy, loss, and parenthood told with self deprecating humor, full disclosure of her twisty (for all you fellow Grey's fans) thoughts and emotions, and just plain humanity. How she managed to make me laugh and cry (out loud, I might add) is surprising, heart wrenching, and ultimately inspiring. This book is a reality check that will give comfort to other KUKD women and bring much needed awareness to those around them. Also found her KUKD blog. Just Google the book title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2010
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As a member of the "silent sorority" of women who have suffered pregnancy loss, I felt this strong sense while I was reading "Knocked Up, Knocked Down" that there was finally someone out there speaking for us--despite the fact that this is also Monica LeMoine's singular, personal story. "Knocked Up, Knocked Down" is a wonderfully written memoir, told with humor, keen insight, and bracing honesty, but without the platitudes and pabulum that characterize too much writing about grief. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Liska on May 22, 2010
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None of my life experiences can compare to Monica's journey through pregnancy, motherhood, miscarriage, or stillbirth. So it is an extraordinary talent that can invite any reader, of any experience, into her world and make them pause, ache, and then smile in the face of confusion, hurt, and loss. I deeply sense the absurdity of dealing with her tragedy in a 'normal' way, and feel delighted by her ability to creatively provoke laughter out of her readers instead of pity. Elements of sadness are evidenced by simple facts, and not overwrought descriptions of emotions; that sadness is resolved by subverting the cliches of the situation. A clear, engaging writer with a hugely generous spirit. And a shout-out to Kevin and his classic one-liners: hilarious.
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