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

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Berkley, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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Put aside your expectations. This "rueful, riveting, piercingly funny" (Julia Cameron) book is written by a Harvard graduate -- but it tells a story in which hearts trump brains every time. It's a tale about mothering a Down syndrome child that opts for sass over sap, and it's a book of heavenly visions and inexplicable phenomena that's as down-to-earth as anyone could ask for. This small masterpiece is Martha Beck's own story -- of leaving behind the life of a stressed-out superachiever, opening herself to things she'd never dared consider, meeting her son for (maybe) the first time...and "unlearn(ing) virtually everything Harvard taught (her) about what is precious and what is garbage".

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Very Funny with Skepticism and Sarcasm....ALWAYS ON MY NIGHTSTAND

User Review  - Lynn - Target

I loved reading what I thought were my intimate thoughts of sarcasm, hope, and humor. If you haven't read anything by Martha Beck, get ready to laugh. And, I don't mean, just a chuckle. I'm talking ... Read full review

Special needs kids are a blessing

User Review  - Ikesmommy - Target

I loved, loved, loved this book! I had an aunt with Down Syndrome. When she was born, before the time of prenatal tests, they told my grandma to put her in an institution. She refused, and my aunt was ... Read full review



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Martha Beck, Ph.D., is a life coach and monthly columnist for "O: The Oprah Magazine". She is the author of the bestsellers "Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live" and the memoir "Expecting Adam". She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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