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Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

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ISBN13: 9780425174487
ISBN10: 0425174484
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From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success. After years of matching IQs and test scores with less driven peers, they had two Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more. They'd plotted out a future in the most vaunted ivory tower of academe. But the dream had begun to disintegrate. Then, when their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them that if they decided to keep the baby, they would lose all hope of achieving their carefully crafted goals. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened. Expecting Adam is a poignant, challenging, and achingly funny chronicle of the extraordinary nine months of Martha's pregnancy. By the time Adam was born, Martha and John were propelled into a world in which they were forced to redefine everything of value to them, put all their faith in miracles, and trust that they could fly without a net. And it worked.

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"A wonderful book, funny, unbelievably tender, and smart. It shimmers." Anne Lamott, Author of Operating Instructions and Traveling Mercies

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"I laughed. I cried. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. I wish I knew Adam and his family?and of course I do. A brave, uplifting, life-transforming book." Sophy Burnham

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"Set half in Harvard and half in heaven, Expecting Adam is a tough-minded yet tender-hearted book of spiritual discovery — a rueful, riveting, piercingly funny, thoroughly modern and deeply old-fashioned memoir: In short, a book to be reckoned with." Julia Cameron

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"Expecting Adam is not one of those grit-your-teeth, lemons-into-lemonade sagas that leave the reader feeling more besieged and guilty than the writer. It is a long hymn, from a practical woman caught flatfooted by amazing grace. Martha Beck is a celebrant skeptics can trust." Jacquelyn Mitchard, Author of The Deep End of the Ocean

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"Martha Beck is smart...[and] sympathetic....[and] also a pretty good teacher....The story trembles on the verge of tragedy again and again, but it has a happy ending after all....'Whoever said that love is blind was dead wrong,' [Beck writes.] 'Love is the only thing on this earth that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy.'" Susan Cheever, The New York Times Book Review

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"Hooked me on the first page." Detroit Free Press

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"Poignant. So many side-splitting quips and hard-fought insights that I challenge any reader not to be moved by it." New York Newsday

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"Besides a sense of humor that pokes as much fun at herself as anyone, Beck has both a sharp eye and a sharp tongue. Her portraits of Harvard academics, omniscient doctors, and uptight in-laws are priceless. Even skeptics will findmagic in this story, and parents of a Down's syndrome child will cherish it." Kirkus Reviews

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Laura Louise, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Laura Louise)
What an insightful author! Her sense of humor and wisdom have made her a favorite of mine ever since reading this book.
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Jeane, September 9, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
Describes the author's experiences as a Harvard graduate student expecting a child, who she discovers has Down's Syndrome. She struggles with confronting those who find her decision (not to abort him) unacceptable- portraying the Harvard community as being totally intellectual-driven, elitist and unsympathetic to students who have difficulties balancing academics and challenges in their personal lives. Eventually she realizes she needs a change in perspective- and thus begins an exploration into supernatural and paranormal spiritual experiences. Beck's writing is wry, sarcastic, funny- and sometimes terribly unflattering to her family members and academic peers. A very interesting book.
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Jenny, January 16, 2007 (view all comments by Jenny)
If you read this book, you'll be taking a journey with the author. Finding out her unborn child has Down Syndrome rocks her very existance. It also sets her on a path of emotional and spiritual awakening which even her Harvard education cannot touch. Written in tender, beautiful language, this book is not easy to put down. It is in the midst of the most difficult of life's offerings that we see the most shimmering of possible beauty and this is what Martha Beck's memoir brings home for the reader.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425174487
Subtitle:
A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
Author:
Beck, Martha
Author:
Bock, Martha
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Pregnancy
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Parental Memoirs
Subject:
Fetus
Subject:
Down Syndrome
Subject:
Pregnancy Complications
Subject:
Genetic disorders in pregnancy.
Subject:
Down's syndrome.
Subject:
Parents of children with disabilities
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Down syndrome - Patients
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Trade paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
1509
Publication Date:
20000801
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.24x5.36x.88 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425174487 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A wonderful book, funny, unbelievably tender, and smart. It shimmers."
"Review" by , "I laughed. I cried. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. I wish I knew Adam and his family?and of course I do. A brave, uplifting, life-transforming book."
"Review" by , "Set half in Harvard and half in heaven, Expecting Adam is a tough-minded yet tender-hearted book of spiritual discovery — a rueful, riveting, piercingly funny, thoroughly modern and deeply old-fashioned memoir: In short, a book to be reckoned with."
"Review" by , "Expecting Adam is not one of those grit-your-teeth, lemons-into-lemonade sagas that leave the reader feeling more besieged and guilty than the writer. It is a long hymn, from a practical woman caught flatfooted by amazing grace. Martha Beck is a celebrant skeptics can trust."
"Review" by , "Martha Beck is smart...[and] sympathetic....[and] also a pretty good teacher....The story trembles on the verge of tragedy again and again, but it has a happy ending after all....'Whoever said that love is blind was dead wrong,' [Beck writes.] 'Love is the only thing on this earth that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy.'"
"Review" by , "Hooked me on the first page."
"Review" by , "Poignant. So many side-splitting quips and hard-fought insights that I challenge any reader not to be moved by it."
"Review" by , "Besides a sense of humor that pokes as much fun at herself as anyone, Beck has both a sharp eye and a sharp tongue. Her portraits of Harvard academics, omniscient doctors, and uptight in-laws are priceless. Even skeptics will findmagic in this story, and parents of a Down's syndrome child will cherish it."
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