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Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood Hardcover – April 2, 2012
"Your Kid's a Brat and It's All Your Fault"
Packed with humor, wisdom, and tips to encourage and empower you to become a confident, respected parent. Learn more
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“Keenly observed and gorgeously written… one of the best books ever on the experience of being a mother. Because it’s an experience so many of us share, Enright’s fearless and funny inquiry into why motherhood feels the way it does is not only entertaining, it’s deeply consoling.” (Boston Sunday Globe)
“At once a memoir, a reference manual and a cautionary tale about the conflicting emotions of parenthood…. For those who’ve grown weary of hyped-up superparents and their relentless positivity, [Enright’s] candor is welcome.” (More)
“[A] field guide to both the romance and reality of what it means to create and care for other humans, delivered by narration that evinces deep sincerity and the purest happiness.” (The Dallas Morning News)
“Winning and witty.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[Enright’s] first work of nonfiction, Making Babies is a collection of short essays, some of them stream of consciousness, that move chronologically through the landmarks of motherhood. She writes with brutal candor and irreverence about the things that the feel-good baby books don’t tell you….” (Moira Hodgson - Wall Street Journal)
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Enright recorded her first few years of "Making Babies" (i.e., motherhood) in a stream-of-consciousness that varies in degree from babbling brook to rushing river. At one point she writes, "Finished feeding, I go back on the cigarettes. I am addicted to nicotine, but I am also addicted to slipping away for two minutes every hour, and being alone." At another she asks, "Why do we assume that babies are happy in the womb? They come out looking for your face, so who is to say they are not lonely, all those weeks when there is no face there? And maybe . . . growth hurts, in the womb, as it does outside, and all that squawking in the early weeks is not a mourning for paradise lost, but just making up for lost time." The resulting part-journal, part-blog format - overlayed throughout by a literary sensibility - continually perplexed and intrigued me.
I found many of Enright's descriptions accessible, relatable, and marked by that brand of funny that's not just smart-funny or dark-funny, but smart-dark-funny, like the chocolate raindrop from Godiva that's filled with ganache and almond praliné paste. For example, she writes: "I measure [other mothers] against myself for age, sudden fat, and despair"; and "[i]f you are a woman and you clean, society thinks that you are fantastically well balanced and sane, . . .Read more ›
Just wanted to put my opinion out there in case someone else had very high expectations for this book.
Enright had plenty of time to mature as a writer before giving birth to a daughter and later a son. Her daughter was born 18 years after she married Martin. The book is a series of anecdotal essays exploring everything that interests her in that time of intensive nurturing and distancing from the workaday world.
We have all had similar thoughts but the writer catches them before they disappear, works a bit at understanding them and unites all of us parents in a circle of hilarity and helplessness. For example, after a couple of drinks at a party, the new mom asks some of the men, "When does the sex thing, you know ... get back on track?" Instead of answers, she writes, "I get a pained, melancholic silence." The contents of a baby's diaper? Well, that's something everyone readily talks about. "Endlessly."
Enright considers alien conceptions, a baby's personality (it "rises to the surface of her face, like a slowly developing Polaroid"), even the pros and cons of fastidiousness. "Dirt doesn't kill people. Wash your hands, not the house. Be careful with food. That's it really." As for men's lack of attention to detail, especially when it comes to domestic chores, she gives us harried women folk some advice. "Watch this behaviour closely if you think incompetence isn't about power. It is the weak who are busy and efficient."
Do not think Enright is caustic, sarcastic or judgmental.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't read many "pregnancy" or "parenting" books whilst pregnant or since my child was born but one I did read was this book, which was a lovely, light-hearted, funny insight... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by LalaB
This book wasn't quite the insight into being a mother that I expected. There were only a few chapters in the middle that I enjoyed. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by LiteracySpecialist
This looked really interesting, but the author just drones on. I was not sure what her point was half the time. I got very bored with it and never finished it.Published on March 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
she loved this book! was very real and very practical. cute and funny bits, as well!
thank you author, anne enright!
It boggles my mind that this author won the Man Booker prize. My only explanation for this terrible book is that her editor suggested she write this as an easy way to capitalize... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by suger booger
Need a dry sense of humor, I didn't think it was funny, it was tangential and rambling. Not an easy read.Published on October 20, 2012 by Mtooms
I'm a little over halfway through this book and enjoying it very much. I didn't want a baby-themed book full of fluff and platitudes. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Shari Pundrich