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

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Times Books, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 328 pages
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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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 is the "Quality of Life" columnist for Mademoiselle, a career counselor for Life Design Enterprises, and the author of Breaking Point: Why Women Fall Apart and How They Can Re-create Their Lives. She also hosts a weekly TV spot, "Ask Martha," on Good Day Arizona. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, three children, and best friend Karen.

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