Expecting Adam

A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

By Martha Nibley Beck
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307719645, 355pp.)

Publication Date: August 2, 2011

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A wonderful book, funny unbelievably tender, and smart. It shimmers. --Anne Lamott
Includes an all-new afterword about Adam.
John and Martha Beck had two Harvard degrees apiece when they conceived their second child. Further graduate studies, budding careers, and a growing family meant major stress--not that they'd have admitted it to anyone (or themselves). As the pregnancy progressed, Martha battled constant nausea and dehydration. And when she learned her unborn son had Down syndrome, she battled nearly everyone over her decision to continue the pregnancy. She still cannot explain many of the things that happened to her while she was expecting Adam, but by the time he was born, Martha, as she puts it, "had to unlearn virtually everything Harvard taught her] about what is precious and what is garbage.

About the Author
Life coach Martha Beck writes a monthly column, "Beck on Call," for "O: The Oprah Magazine," She is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Expecting Adam" as well as "Finding Your Own North Star" and "The Joy Diet," She lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about her at marthabeck.com, and join the discussion at leavingthesaints.com.

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  1. At the beginning of Expecting Adam(p. 7), the author reveals that she wrote the book twice previously as a novel. Why do you think she began her work as fiction? Does this seem unusual or surprising? How did the switch to the nonfiction genre of memoir change her and her story? What were the risks involved?

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