And Now We Have Everything

Narrated by: Meaghan O'Connell
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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One of the most anticipated books of 2018 - Esquire, Elle, Nylon, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, GoodReads, The Millions, BookRiot, Bustle, The Week.

"Smart, funny, and true in all the best ways, this book made me ache with recognition." - Cheryl Strayed

A raw, funny, and fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up.

When Meaghan O'Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed - a brutally honest, agenda-free reckoning with the emotional and existential impact of motherhood - didn't exist. So she decided to write it herself.

And Now We Have Everything is O'Connell's exploration of the cataclysmic, impossible-to-prepare-for experience of becoming a mother. With her dark humor and hair-trigger B.S. detector, O'Connell addresses the pervasive imposter syndrome that comes with unplanned pregnancy, the fantasies of a "natural" birth experience that erode maternal self-esteem, post-partum body and sex issues, and the fascinating strangeness of stepping into a new, not-yet-comfortable identity.

Channeling fears and anxieties that are still taboo and often unspoken, And Now We Have Everything is an unflinchingly frank, funny, and visceral motherhood story for our times, about having a baby and staying, for better or worse, exactly yourself.

©2018 Meaghan O'Connell (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The kind of book I wished for when I was pregnant. Pulling no punches, the writing is blunt, honest...This should be required reading that your doctor hands you after you see the two pink lines on the pregnancy test." (BookRiot)

"Part memoir, part guidebook, And Now We Have Everything captures all the fears and anxieties mothers-to-be have, but still aren't allowed to say out loud. Smart, insightful, and searingly honest, Meghan O'Connell's exploration of motherhood should be on every expectant parent's baby registry." (Bustle)

"Stripping away the mythical fantasies of motherhood, O'Connell delivers a poignant and funny look at what it means to be a parent in our current time. The warts-and-all examination is powerful reading for anyone with or without kids." (Esquire)

"For every What to Expect When You're Expecting (and its ilk), there should be a What to Expect When You Weren't Expecting. But, strangely, there isn't, so Meaghan O'Connell has committed her experience of accidental pregnancy and motherhood to the page." (Elle)

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Honest review of Modern Motherhood

I loved reading this book and all it's raw honesty that describes becoming a new mother. I related a lot to this book, and I would definitely recommend this book to new or expecting mothers. The book questions a lot of what you are taught as an expecting mother and rightfully so. I have read a lot of books about Motherhood and pregnancy, and I haven't seen any others like this one.

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Thank God I'm not the only one

From front to back there were so many aspects that I could relate to. It's refreshing to learn I'm not the only one that has struggled to pull my former self through the fog of motherhood.

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Amazing!

Nothing more real, I feel like someone is finally telling the truth. And yeah why the fuck are things so goddamn important it all passes.

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Very eye opening

I was glad I listened to this as I am currently struggling to decide if I want children. Although I felt this book focused mostly on the difficult and negative parts of having a child. It has definitely given me plenty to think about and I'm positive that I'm not ready for kids yet.

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The narrator is good but the story is shallow and at least in my case hard to connect with.

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She gets it!

My baby is 4 months. I also had an unexpected pregnancy. I am 27 in grad school, working full time, living in a 4 story walk up. I had a much dreaded C section and I also struggle with knowing how to handle my motherhood. This book really just said how it is. I loved it and it gives me hope.

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Incredible Read

Loved this book! As a future mother, who has severe anxiety problems with the thought of becoming a mother, this was just insightful. I loved how real the author makes the stories and it is so relevant to all who touch motherhood (which is everyone)! Funny, compelling, insightful....all the good things. All future, current, forever moms should read this!

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  • 07-12-18

Writers shouldn’t perform their own books!

The nasally narration was extremely annoying and distracting, and the lackluster delivery made the story even harder to absorb. I have two kids of my own and encountered many different challenges and problems, but could not relate to her at all. I wanted to start listening 30 minutes in but this book was assigned for book club so I felt compelled to finish it. But it was a total waste of time. Not enjoyable at all!😫

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Comedy, Truthfulness, and Motherhood

As a first time mom, it was a great read. Definitely related to a lot of the feelings the author shared. It's good to know you're not alone when there's so much pressure to be a perfect mom. Loved that it was so light hearted and real with a little spin of comedy to the all the hardships and blessings of motherhood.

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12 weeks pp, I needed this

This book was just what I needed at 12 weeks postpartum. I loved it! Much of my story mirrors her story. It feels really good to know I'm not alone.

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  • 06-25-18

Honest , true and insightful

Gripping and amazingly written , an honest account of Megan’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth. Really enjoyable read.