Kirkus, Starred Review—“In an impressive debut memoir, a self-proclaimed ‘Woman of the World’ chronicles her journey to find a home. May joins the ranks of Gretel Ehrlich and Annie Proulx, celebrants of sagebrush, big skies, and journeys of self-discovery . . . May’s poetic, gleaming prose makes palpable the wildness and wind, freezing and thawing earth, delicate fragrances of grass and budding trees—and her own profound transformation.” Read the full review here.
Booklist—”…a more homegrown version of Eat, Pray, Love…She casts a serious eye on the stories she has carefully curated about her upbringing that focus on a life spent resisting roots when, really, the roots have always been there…readers will find much to ponder in this journey to home and family. An obvious choice for book groups eager for rich discussions on the road less traveled.” Read the full review here.
Elle Magazine—The Elle Lettres 2014 Reader’s Prize, “The Map of Enough is moving, poetic, and addictive. May’s sense of wonder at her new world and adventurous spirit is admirable and contagious, but even more important is the way she inspires us to question our own deeply-held beliefs about home and happiness.”
Sunset Magazine—“In [May's] beautifully written memoir, she explores the challenge and allure of creating a real home in an age of ever-more-virtual interactions—and reminds us why we love the West.” Read full review here.
Orion Magazine—“[May's] attention to detail is exquisite. The Map of Enough offers readers a richly considered perspective and, for many, a glimpse of a sweet settled life lived far away.”
Montana Public Radio, NPR—Listen here to full interview with Cherie Newman on The Write Question.
Billings Gazette—“May’s exceptional use of imagery effortlessly captures the atmosphere of Montana countryside, making it familiar yet mysterious…. May’s clean writing and excellent use of sensory detail produces a tangible effect of the land. The reader can smell the earth; feel the cold, damp snow; hear twigs snapping and birds chirping. The landscape comes alive on every page. May’s thought-provoking journey will challenge the reader to question their own lives.” Read the full review here.
Largehearted Boy: Book Notes—”Molly Caro May lyrically explores themes of identity and our connection to place in her impressive and thought provoking memoir.” Read the playlist/soundtrack here.
The Tiny House Blog—Read the full review here. Many yurt photos to see.
“Out of The Fog” on Empower Radio—Listen to the interview here.
KERA Radio, NPR—Listen to the full interview, “Finding Home, Away From Home” with Krys Boyd here.
“This is a book about possibilities—about the author’s, yes, but also about all of us.” —Bill McKibben, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist
“The Map of Enough is the record of a life deeply lived, of a woman tuning herself to the earthly resonances of a severe and beautiful place. With moments so heart- breakingly rendered you’ll feel the mountain wind, she turns the old ideas of what it means to find home inside out. May has written the next great Montana memoir.” —Joe Wilkins, The Mountains and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry
“Could a woman brought up without survival skills learn to build her own shelter, split firewood, grow food? Could a browser of the Internet keep from drowning in the electronic sea of possibilities? Could she learn to be fully present to her life without hankering to be elsewhere? May tackles all these questions and more in prose as candid and lucid as an April morning. She holds the hard-won answers lightly, open to correction from fresh experience.” —Scott Russell Sanders, Earth Works: New & Selected Essays
“The Map of Enough is a joyful adventure. It doesn’t hurt that our guide on that adventure is the exuberant, complex, thoughtful, and boisterous Molly Caro May, a placeless woman trying to find her place. It turns out that that place is a yurt in Mon- tana, as archetypal as Thoreau’s cabin. In sentences that are beautiful and lyric, May makes us think about our own lives and how we choose to pass our days on earth.” —David Gessner, My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism