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Teresa's Reading Corner: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir- Alice Eve Cohen (a review and giveaway)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir- Alice Eve Cohen (a review and giveaway)

Synopsis from Goodreads:  At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she’s never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb – six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

My thoughts:  This was actually the first memoir that I read in my recent foray into the genre.  I received it in the mail one day and started reading it because it was close by.  It is a very intense read but I could not put this book down.  I was reading it in EVERY spare moment.  I was horrified by her experiences with her medical practitioners.  I felt her anguish when her world was turned upside down.  

It's not really a journal, yet it is.  Cohen is absolutely sharing her innermost thoughts and experiences with the reader.  She is brutally honest throughout.  So honest that some may find her thoughts and language offensive so I do issue a word of caution.  

The title is born of a habit that the author has.  A habit of making lists titled "What I know".  These lists appear periodically throughout the story and are absolutely fantastic.  I think it would be incredibly interesting to compile more of these lists over time.  Just random lists that give an extensive peek into someones life.  Not necessarily about anything at all.  Hmmm... maybe I should do this.  Something to think about.

This is a great book for anyone who likes a dramatic story. 

You can find Alice Eve Cohen on the web:

The Good News is you have a chance to win a copy of this fantastic memoir!

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At November 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Reading Allowed said...

This sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

At November 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM , Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

WOW, this sounds amazing. I love memoirs.

At November 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM , Blogger abitosunshine said...

Thanks for a great and honest review. The book sounds like a wonderful read, so thanks for the giveaway; I signed up!


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