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Pop-up: Meaghan O’Connell

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Meaghan O’Connell pops-up with her book of essays, And Now We Have Everything

O’Connell is paired with Girl With a Cigarette by Moses Soyer; found in the American Art on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


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.

Meaghan O’Connell

Meaghan O'Connell's writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Longreads, and The Billfold, where she was an editor. Her debut book is the memoir And Now We Have Everything. She lives in Portland, OR, with her husband and young son. Visit her online at meaghano.com
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