What I Thought I Knew
By Alice Eve Cohen
Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670020959, 208pp.
Publication Date: July 9, 2009
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A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible
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.
What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate. With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today's society. Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.
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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