What I Thought I Knew
By Alice Eve Cohen
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143117650, 208pp.)
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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"Darkly hilarious...an unexpected bundle of joy."
-O, The Oprah Magazine
Alice Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she had a new love in her life, she was raising a beloved adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Then she started experiencing mysterious symptoms. After months of tests, x-rays, and inconclusive diagnoses, Alice underwent a CAT scan that revealed the truth: she was six months pregnant.
At age forty-four, with no prenatal care and no insurance coverage for a high-risk pregnancy, Alice was besieged by opinions from doctors and friends about what was ethical, what was loving, what was right. With the intimacy of a diary and the suspense of a thriller, What I Thought I Knew is a ruefully funny, wickedly candid tale; a story of hope and renewal that turns all of the "knowns" upside down.
Alice Eve Cohen is a playwright, solo theater artist, and memoirist. She has written for Nickelodeon and PBS and received fellowships and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at The New School in New York City.
Alice Eve Cohen thought she could never have a baby. Doctors told her a birth defect would prevent her from conceiving a child, much less carrying it to term. Then, when she was 44, Cohen rushed to the hospital, believing she had cancer. But, as she tells host Guy Raz, what everyone thought was a tumor turned out to be a baby. Alice Eve Cohen tells the story of her unexpected pregnancy in the book What I Thought I Knew. More at NPR.org
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