The Water Giver: The Story of a Mother, a Son, and Their Second Chance

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 8, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Both a medical drama and meditation on motherhood, The Water Giver is Joan Ryan's honest account of her doubts and mistakes in raising a learning-disabled son and the story of how his near-fatal accident gave her a second chance as a parent.
 

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

When she is first called to the hospital, acclaimed sports columnist and author Joan Ryan is convinced that her son's skateboarding accident would only require several stitches for him and a wasted ... Read full review

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Joan is a wonderfully gifted writer and her book lays bare the challenges and rewards of raising a child with special needs. In addition to learning challenges, Joan's son (named Ryan) takes a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
9
Section 4
15
Section 5
19
Section 6
43
Section 7
45
Section 8
59
Section 15
135
Section 16
139
Section 17
145
Section 18
149
Section 19
169
Section 20
179
Section 21
199
Section 22
207

Section 9
63
Section 10
93
Section 11
98
Section 12
103
Section 13
111
Section 14
123
Section 23
215
Section 24
223
Section 25
231
Section 26
251
Section 27
257
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About the author (2009)

Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and author. She was one of the first female sports columnists in the country, and has covered every major sporting event, from the Super Bowl to the Olympics and championship fights. Her work has earned her thirteen Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award and the Women's Sports Foundation's Journalism Award by the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women. Her book Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters was named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated (the only one to be authored by a woman), and one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All Time by the Guardian. Joan now works as a media consultant to the San Francisco Giants.

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