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The Art of Waiting

Praise for The Art of Waiting

“I thought quite a lot about what normal is and isn't as I was reading… Belle Boggs's thoughtful meditation on childlessness, childbearing, and—for some—the stretch of liminal agony in between. Her book is a corrective and a tonic, a primer and a dispeller of myths. It is likely to become a go-to guide for the many couples who discover that having children is not the no-assembly-required experience they were expecting. They will come away enlightened, reassured and comforted by her debunker mentality… Ms. Boggs has done something quite lovely and laudable with The Art of Waiting: She's given a cold, clinical topic some much-needed warmth and soul. The miracle of life, you might even say.”—Jennifer Senior in The New York Times (read full review)

“[A]n eye-opening, gorgeously written blend of memoir, reportage, and cultural analysis... Boggs broaches the political without didacticism and the personal without sentimentalism or self-pity. And while the book is often heart-rending, it’s not an unmitigated downer. In her wry, subtle way, Boggs is frequently funny.”Boston Globe (read full review)

“[T]his deeply empathetic book is about more than one woman’s challenge; it’s about the whole scope of maternal urges, of how culture (and literature) treat the childless (or 'childfree'), how biases against medical intervention serve to stigmatize those who need such expensive (and not always successful) assistance, and how complicated can be the decisions about whether to adopt rather than continuing to attempt to conceive, the moral dimensions of international adoption (and surrogates), the additional hurdles facing gay couples, and the seemingly arbitrary differences between states as to what procedures are covered and to what financial limit.Kirkus Reviews (starred review) (read full review)

"Boggs’s essays about 'Plan B family making,' which chronicle her experiences with her spouse, doctors, and peers while dealing with infertility, touch on universal themes of hope, loss, and identity."Publishers Weekly (read full review) 

“[Boggs’s] beautifully written, contemplative book — which blends memoir, journalism and cultural history — is about much more than her own costly and high-tech path to parenthood.”San Francisco Chronicle (read full review) 

Boggs sensitively and creatively explores infertility, the struggle to get pregnant, and the entire concept of ‘waiting,’ which leads her to literature and pop culture. . . . Deeply thoughtful, beautiful, and illuminating.Booklist

*A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for Fall 2016

*An Indie Next List Selection for September 2016

*One of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Memoirs & Biographies for Fall 2016

*Included in Kirkus Reviews's Most Anticipated Nonfiction for Fall 2016

*Included in:

Buzzfeed Books's “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall

ELLE's “The 11 Best Books for September 2016

Huffington Post's “13 Illuminating Books That Should Be Required Reading

Publishers Weekly's “The Big Indie Books of Fall 2016

Real Simple's “7 Non-Fiction Books to Read Right Now

Flavorwire's Twenty (Yes Twenty!) Books To Read This September

Literary Hub's “18 Books You Should Read This September

Signature Reads's “12 of the Best Essay Collections for Your Fall Reading

*Imaginary Children, from The Art of Waiting, first published in Ecotone, was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015

*The Art of Waiting, the title essay from The Art of Waitingfirst published in Orion, was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013

Interviews and Features

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday

'The Art Of Waiting' Stands As Part Memoir, Part Cultural History Of Infertility

The Atlantic Monthly

When 'The Miracle of Life' Doesn't Happen

Slate

Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting Podcast, September 16, 2016

Publishers Weekly Radio

PW Radio 190: Belle Boggs and PW Star Watch, September 9, 2016

WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill, NC)

Waiting For Motherhood

Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

In a New Book, Virginia Native Belle Boggs Reconciles the Fertility of the World Around Her

Mattaponi Queen

Praise for Mattaponi Queen

*Southern Living‘s “Best New Southern Author”

*A Kirkus Review Best Fiction Debut of 2010

*Shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award

*A Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice

*A 2010 Summer Reading Suggestion and a 2010 Favorite Short Story Collection from Largehearted Boy

*A Discoveries pick from the LA Times

*Featured in The Daily Beast‘s Best New Writers series

*Featured in the debut fiction issue of Poets & Writers

“Reading these stories is satisfying, like going to a concert in which the musicians, you can just tell, have given everything for the moment: your unforgettable evening.”—Susan Salter Reynolds for the LA Times

“A great achievement as she has created a rich, capacious fictional territory about the lives of down-on-their luck people (forlorn principals, vengeful nurses, junkies trying to be good parents) that we don’t often encounter in fiction but fill the world.”The Daily Beast (read full review)

“Regional fiction with serious bite.”–The Charlotte Observer (read full review)

“So good you’ll be hooked”The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (read full review)

“[Boggs] writes with subtlety, empathy and command, so that every page features small surprises: jolts of recognition, pungent dialogue, keen observations. Unfussy, understated and richly varied stories—a promising debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Boggs’ debut collection of interwoven stories is simultaneously sharp-edged and pastoral, downcast and humorous. Her tales are set on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation in rural downstate Virginia, an unfamiliar landscape that springs to life as each story unfolds, revealing another layer in time[…] The reader feels privy to each conversation, so pitch-perfect is Boggs’ feel for the godforsaken place her characters inhabit.”-Booklist

“Impressive […] these linked stories reach toward hope when they aren’t headed for heartbreak.” ELLE Magazine

“Flawless […] Each of the stories in the debut collection can stand alone, something many writers aspire to yet few achieve with such success. The protagonists aren’t merely hardscrabble people trying to get by, they’re trying to make sense of their lives and where they fit in the space of the world beyond the neighboring counties. Boggs’s carefully measured pace is the perfect accompaniment to her unique setting and its people who are indelibly linked.” -Bookslut

“Prose redolent with realism is a hallmark of the stories . . . . In this highly recommended collection, Boggs writes with subtlety and presents her characters unvarnished.” –The Virginian-Pilot