320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 halftones, 1 fig., 1 map, notes
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3005-2
Published: December 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3006-9
Published: October 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5212-2
Published: February 2019
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Awards & distinctions
2017 American College of Nurse-Midwives Media Award
Longlisted for the 2017 Chautauqua Prize
Lovie is a provocative chronicle of Shelton’s life and work, which spanned enormous changes in midwifery and in the ways women give birth. In this artful exploration of documentary fieldwork, Lisa Yarger confronts the choices involved in producing an authentic portrait of a woman who is at once loner and self-styled folk hero. Fully embracing the difficulties of telling a true story, Yarger is able to get at the story of telling the story. As Lovie describes her calling, we meet a woman who sees herself working in partnership with God and who must wrestle with the question of what happens when a woman who has devoted her life to service, to doing God’s work, ages out of usefulness. When I’m no longer a midwife, who am I? Facing retirement and a host of health issues, Lovie attempts to fit together the jagged pieces of her life as she prepares for one final home birth.
About the Author
Lisa Yarger is co-founder and co-owner of the Munich Readery.
For more information about Lisa Yarger, visit the Author Page.