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Knocked Up, Knocked Down: Postcards of Miscarriage and Other Misadventures from the Brink of Parenthood Paperback – April 15, 2010

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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: 6 x 0.5 x 9 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: #1,409,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monica Murphy Lemoine has created a vivid, well-written emotional roller coaster recording the highs and lows of her lost children.

After watching my own mother go through the trauma of a miscarriage and loss of a child, I better understand through Monica the trials and battles fought by these brave women. This book serves as a wonderful lesson in empathy, love, and survival. It is not only for survivors, but would benefit anybody affected by the loss of a child.

Wonderfully woven together. I laughed, I cried, I came away replete.
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