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The blue jay's dance : a birth year
Erdrich, Louise.
Adult Nonfiction PS3555.R42Z464 1995

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Erdrich, who has published poetry and critically acclaimed novels (Love Medicine, The Beet Queen), here describes her experience with giving birth and the joyful year of mothering that follows. The baby whose arrival she chronicles is the youngest of her three daughters but is also a composite of the biological children among the family's six. A keen observer of nature, Erdrich also movingly evokes wild-animal life and the seasonal changes that take place outside the secluded New Hampshire home of Erdrich and her husband, writer Michael Dorris. Although her mystical side is evident in her descriptions of the natural world and in her account of the strong bond she formed with her new baby, she also looks at life with refreshing common sense. She dismisses the ``pseudo spiritual advice'' that refers to intense labor pain as ``discomfort'' and admits to occasionally feeling resentment at her baby's screams. Erdrich lightens her prose with several recipes that she and her husband prepare together, as well as a menu for an all-licorice dinner. An enchanting, lyrical rendering of a ``mother's vision.'' (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ensconced in her farmhouse in rural New Hampshire and the cottage across the road where she writes, embraced by her devoted writer husband, Michael Dorris, and their several children, Erdrich (The Bingo Palace, LJ 1/94) is pregnant with her third daughter. She is attuned to the rhythms of nature, the movements of small animals, and the quickening of the baby inside her; in this journal she records impressionistically the birth and first seasons of her newborn's life. Her even, trusting prose is punctuated by dazzling observations of man, nature, and child: the solace she takes in burying her face into her husband's luxuriant hair while pushing her baby; the ecstatic tossing of trees in the wind, a landscape so different from her native North Dakota; the ``sense of oceanic oneness'' that only breastfeeding brings. Erdrich the writer and mother fuse seamlessly in this lyrical affirmation of generation; containing recipes prepared by Dorris, it is sure to be popular in all libraries.-Amy Boaz, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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