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

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Three Rivers Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
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ďA wonderful book, funny unbelievably tender, and smart. It shimmers.Ē--Anne Lamott

Includes an all-new afterword about Adam.

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John and Martha Beck had two Harvard degrees apiece when they conceived their second child. Further graduate studies, budding careers, and a growing family meant major stress--not that they'd have admitted it to anyone (or themselves). As the pregnancy progressed, Martha battled constant nausea and dehydration. And when she learned her unborn son had Down syndrome, she battled nearly everyone over her decision to continue the pregnancy. She still cannot explain many of the things that happened to her while she was expecting Adam, but by the time he was born, Martha, as she puts it, "had to unlearn virtually everything Harvard taught [her] about what is precious and what is garbage."

  

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I enjoyed the book overall, although it took me a long time to get through it. I found it hard to concentrate for long periods of time on this story. It was just very heavy. It also jumped around a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

MARTHA BECK is a writer, life coach, and columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine. She has a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard. Beck's other books include the New York Times bestseller Finding Your Own North Star, Leaving the Saints, The Four Day Win, The Joy Diet, and Steering by Starlight. Dr. Beck lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family.

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