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In these 23 original stories, mothers and fathers from all walks of life--straight, gay, single, surrogate, biological, adoptive--explore the challenges and rewards of parenthood.
Here, among other adventures, they fall hopelessly in love with newborns, secretly fear having made huge mistakes, race to finish birthing at home before the paramedics arrive, struggle with the bureaucracy of international adoption, despair of ever getting a one-year-old to nap, are nearly broken by colic, encounter other judge-y parents in birthing class, learn how to parent children with special needs, and more.
Together, these thoughtful, searing, often hilarious essays map the grand (and sometimes terrifying) journey that begins with each new life.
In any given year, one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness--and yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as "mentally ill." We hear about worse-case scenarios, but in many--maybe even most--cases, there is much room for hope.
The 18 frank, often intimate true stories collected in Same Time Next Week highlight the need for empathy and compassion between therapist and patient, and argues for a system that encourages human connection rather than diagnosis by checklist.
"Hope for those seeking help." - Booklist
"Whether inducing tears or raucous laughter, all the pieces are inviting, inquisitive and attentive—and sure to spark plenty of imaginations." - Kirkus Review
"Intelligent, polished, surprising essays that will have you wiping away tears one moment, laughing out loud the next. An indispensable resource for writers, teachers, and those who simply love to read true stories, well told." - Dinty W. Moore
This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care.
The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies—and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At the End of Life tackles this conundrum head on. These twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives explore death, dying and palliative care, and reveal the inner workings of a system in which doctors, patients and their loved ones battle to hang on—and to let go.
Suzanne Farrell Smith
Foam isn’t a substance so much as a state of being. When pockets of gas are caught in a liquid or solid, you get foam. It can be dense, like yoga mats, Halloween masks, and swimming noodles, or light, like flame retardant or the head of a beer. Aside from high-school chemistry class, I’ve never given foam much thought. Not until now, anyway, as I sit on a foam-filled leather seat in a basement medical office, waiting for my infant son to be called. Tufts of yellow foam peek... more
Mary A. Scherf
A mother is her baby’s first interpreter. She explains the world. She tells her children who they are. My mother’s words marked my life with guilt and doubt. She said, “You should be ashamed of yourself,” and I flushed and wanted to disappear. She told the nun who called to ask if my outspoken restlessness might indicate a problem, “No. She just doesn’t know how to keep her mouth shut.” When she said, “Your father and I didn’t know how lucky... more
I had visualized my baby in yoga class. “Imagine your fetus with every characteristic you wish it to have,” Swami Satchishankara coached nine women with basketball bellies, all lying in sabasana. I had picked intelligence, happiness, and humor—and pictured a dazzling, photogenic grin. But Kassandra did not have Aegean eyes and sun-streaked hair as I had imagined. Instead, forty-eight hours after her delivery at Lenox Hill, she bore an alarming resemblance to my mother-in-... more