Body Full of Stars (Hardcover)
Female Rage and My Passage Into Motherhood
Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024892, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
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1. The book opens with two epigraphs, one of which states, “what we profoundly need are rituals that take into regard the blood, the shock, the heat, the shit, the anguish, the irritation, the glory, the earnestness of the female body.” Later, May details how she makes “space to go within every single day,” imagining herself with a weighted yoke around her body. What do you think this ritual of “going within” means for May? Do you have your own rituals toward your body, gender, or family? How else can catharsis be possible for mothers and women more generally?
2. May frequently goes into nature when emotionally or physically distraught. Why do you think that is? What is the connection, if any, between the experience of postpartum and going outdoors?
3. Discuss the presence of rage and femininity in Body Full of Stars. How do rage and femininity interact in this book? How do they impact Molly’s beginning as a mother?
4. Did Body Full of Stars portray rage in way you haven’t read before? Why do you believe female anger is so under-voiced?
5. Body Full of Stars examines the difficult and frequently unspoken-of topic of postpartum struggles. How might this memoir be a resource for new parents, doctors, nurses, and others? Why is it important to speak frankly on this subject?
6. If you are a parent, what kind of reactions did you have while reading Body Full of Stars? If you aren’t a parent, did your reading of this memoir differ from those of the parents in the group and, if so, how?
7. Discuss May’s style of writing. Does it differ from other books you’ve read about parenthood, birth, and transition? How? What impact does the style have on your experience reading the book?