Love Works Like This

Love Works Like This : Travels Through a Pregnant Year

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'Is even the most clenched heart capable of it?' Lauren Slater asks in this original and eloquent book about love. Slater, career-orientated and wilfully autonomous, charts her own personal journey and decision-making process in deciding to have a child. She starts with a list of the pros and cons. The cons list is long and includes 'less time for friends', 'less time for work', 'less money' and 'Prozac (I'm on it)'. The pros had only one entry: 'Learn a new kind of love.' But what will that love look like? Slater deals with many issues that are universal yet controversial: how to reconcile the needs of the self with the demands of others, how to go from being a couple to being a threesome, and how to adjust to losing control of one's carefully developed life, a life mapped out and run according to a plan. Slater's own complex biological and psychological history lies at the core of this story. One of the first people to take Prozac, she chronicles the conflicting advice regarding its use during pregnancy and her eventual decision to stop taking it for the first trimester. "Love Works Like This" is more than the story of one woman's pregnancy. It is a richly written book about falling in love, about learning to be selfless, and about the courage required to change one kind of happy life into another very different one.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134.6 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 204.12g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747562172
  • 9780747562177
  • 2,166,467

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Praise for Lauren Slater "A consummately tricky and captivating book. It is difficult to believe, at times, and from the first page to the last, it is almost impossible to put down."--"The Washington Post Book World, about Lying "Like Oliver Sacks...Ms. Slater writes about her patients with enormous compassion and insight....A revealing memoir and thoughtful meditation on the therapeutic process itself...powerful."--"The New York Times, about Welcome to My Country "With the playful mind of a philosopher and the exquisite, unique voice of a poet, Slater renders a self-portrait that challenges our understanding of illness and health--and illuminates both."--"The Washington Post Book World, about Prozac Diary "Stunningly written...[Welcome to My Country] is relentless in its mask-stripping, yet instead of indulgence the act of revealing is handled with beauty and bravery."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review, about Welcome to My Country "The beauty of Lauren Slater's prose is shocking....Slater's vision is, ultimately, one of unity and possibility."--"Newsday, about Welcome to My Country "Evocative and moving...Slater is more poet than narrator, more philosopher than psychologist, more artist than doctor....Every page brims with beautifully rendered images of thoughts, feelings, emotional states."--"San Francisco Chronicle, about Welcome to My Country "I think Lauren Slater writes with truth and beauty about the risks and fears and joys of motherhood. From her unique perspective--the trained psychologist with the deep personal experience of mental illness, the carefully balanced professional woman who decides to head forward into motherhood, the lyrical writer who finds in even her most unexpected emotions a source of powerful images and poetry--she has created here a book which speaks both to her difficult and complex medical and psychologic journey toward motherhood and also to the universal experience of learning what it is to love a child."--Perri Klass, author of Other Women's Children and Baby Doctor "Slater lifts the gag order on prgnancy with candor, wit and a lyricism that stuns as well as instructs. Lauren Slater is a writer's writer--Love Works Like This reaffirms her obvious gift for language and empathy. A must-read for anyone finding themselves in the wondrous yet precarious position of motherhood."--Suzanne Finamore, author of The Zygote Chroniclesshow more

About Lauren Slater

Lauren Slater is the author of WELCOME TO MY COUNTRY, PROZAC DIARY, and has written articles and contributed pieces to THE NEW YORK TIMES, HARPER'S, ELLE and NERVE. Her essays are widely anthologised and she is a frequent guest on US radio shows, including 'This American Life and 'The People's Pharmacy' on NPR.show more

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