Jesse: A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
Jesse Cooper was an honor-roll student who loved to windsurf and write poetry. He also had severe cerebral palsy and was quadriplegic, unable to speak, and wracked by seizures. He died suddenly at age seventeen.

In fiercely honest, surprisingly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking prose, Jesse’s mother, Marianne Leone, chronicles her transformation by the remarkable life and untimely death of her child. An unforgettable memoir of joy, grief, and triumph, Knowing Jesse unlocks the secret of unconditional love and speaks to all families who strive to do right by their children.
 

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A mother's passion-filled memoir of her fight to give her disabled son the life he deserved.In 1987, screenwriter and actress Leone gave birth to Jesse, a premature boy whose prognosis was poor and ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
18
Section 4
28
Section 5
29
Section 6
43
Section 7
51
Section 8
64
Section 16
137
Section 17
146
Section 18
151
Section 19
163
Section 20
172
Section 21
185
Section 22
188
Section 23
201

Section 9
72
Section 10
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Section 11
92
Section 12
103
Section 13
107
Section 14
121
Section 15
127
Section 24
217
Section 25
225
Section 26
226
Section 27
231
Section 28
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About the author (2010)

Marianne Leone is an actress who appeared in The Sopranos, a screenwriter, and an essayist published in The Boston Globe. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, actor Chris Cooper, and two rescue dogs.

The Jesse Cooper Foundation funds inclusion and adapted sports for children with special needs, and supports disabled orphans in Romania.

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