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Publisher's Summary

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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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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  • wb
  • 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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Love this!

I hung into to every single word! Fantastic. I hope she writes a sequel. Well worth a credit!

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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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Really interesting & personal perspective

I loved this book, perhaps because I can really relate, even though I have not had kids. The author is how I suspect I would be and sometimes even how I am now. The personal nature occasionally almost brought me to tears, but it was also reassuring to hear someone talk so openly about their struggles.

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  • Pattie
  • Powhatan Point, OH, United States
  • 05-06-18

A Must for Every New Mom

At first Meaghan's croaky voice startled me but as she read her words I realized that her voice matched the feeling that many new mothers have - desperation and confusion. This is a must for any new mom!

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For moms and nonmoms

Well written, a good account of the reality of motherhood, co-signs on the fear and anxiety of becoming a mom.

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  • Imogen Cooper-Moorhouse
  • 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.