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What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

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    Finally at a forgiving age of 44, life is good, a divorce behind

    Finally at a forgiving age of 44, life is good, a divorce behind her and ready to be married to a wonderful guy. Alice’s adopted daughter is thriving quite well, and her career is satisfying. A large lump in her stomach is giving her concern, fearing cancer, she visits her GYN and low and behold….she is pregnant. What?! She wasn’t supposed to be able to be pregnant, thought to be impossible, infertile, they said….and so starts this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Candid and Honest..

    My Synopsis: <p> In this startlingly candid memoir, Alice Even Cohen shares her personal journey as a 44 year old "infertile" pregnant woman. From the medical professionals who couldn't figure out what was wrong with her (she was SIX MONTHS into her pregnancy before it was finally discovered that she was pregnant!), to her emotional struggle of whether or not she wanted to have the baby, Ms. Cohen's memoir is deeply touching and fast-paced. <p> My Thoughts: <p> I loved this memoir. I am completely shocked and downright appalled at the medical professionals who failed Ms. Cohen. To read her journey and all the doctors she saw and the tests she went through and no one figured out she was pregnant - it's absolutely unbelievable to me! The circumstances she had to endure and the conversations she had to have during her "medical mystery" and after her diagnosis will make you cringe and cry. <p> I can relate to Alice in many ways, being an infertile woman myself. I can't imagine being set in your life and accepting of your situation, in your mid forties and BAM, suddenly you are pregnant. What a shocking situation it must have been for her! I don't want to examine her thoughts and feelings about the situation because none of us know how we will react when faced with the same circumstances. All I will say is that Ms. Cohen is a brave woman who fought through a very difficult time the best way she knew how and I commend her for that. <p> This memoir is very well-written and short at less than 200 pages so I blew through it in two sittings. Ms. Cohen has a way of capturing the reader's attention at every turn of the page until you know the outcome of her story. I couldn't put the book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Sample only five pages

    Which means you only get to sample the table of contents...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Self-centered and self-serving

    I have read hundreds of memoirs and I undertand that what makes for a good read is an author who bares their soul but she took it too far. There are somethings that are better left unsaid. A good portion of this book revolves around her contemplating whether or not to end her pregnancy. Her husband had to basically coerce her into not doing so. By putting these thoughts down on paper it was probably cathartic for her but it was potentially at the expense of her childs future mental health. I cant imagine what her daughter is going to go through when she is old enough to read and undertand this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2011

    So REAL. Loved it!

    I read this book almost in one sitting. Her style of writing is so fluid and easy to read, transporting you directly into her head. This book was so real, she doesn't hold back on any emotions from her readers. It was really refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    Honest, compelling read

    This is a book that springs from a woman's honest feelings regarding an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 44. It's well-written and compelling. I finished it in one sitting. It's refreshing to read something by an author who is willing to share all of her true feelings with the reader without sugarcoating them or pretending to feel something that she doesn't. I highly recommend the book...

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Don't miss this if you ever thought for one moment that you knew how your life would unfold!

    I revelled in the unbridled frankness and authenticity of the roller coaster emotions revealed in this memoir. Alice Eve Cohen is a gifted story teller who keeps us on the edge of our seats with her indomitable wit and heartwarming humor. I recommend this book for everyone who ever wanted to be or did not want to be...pregnant.... and for their partners

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    I truly HATED this book.

    I completed this book in an afternoon. It was a simple read. Normally I like memoirs, as they show history through one individual's eyes. But to be written by a talentless, self-centered, self-pitying author was too much. Her continual discussion of the 'cost' of this child sickened my stomach.

    With only 20 pages left I complained to my husband about the book. He asked "why finish it?" and I can say the ONLY reason was I was interested in Ms. Cohen's youngest daughter. I can only hope she has a good therapist with a mother like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2009

    Couldn't put it down

    Loved the book, couldn't put it down. Read the whole thing in 3 days time. Look forward to reading more books written by this author.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    The book is worth reading especially when you are a DES daughter or son.

    Des was a drug that was supposed to stop miscarriages and other things. It causes numerous health issues and deformaties. Be prepared to be shocked at what the pharmaceutical companies didnot tell the mothers that took this drug about the side effects that they knew of.It is like the Thalidomide scare but not alwways as visible and alot of us were considered just crazy because no one really wanted to believe something was wrong when some of us have no specific diagnosis.It is a chiller to live with and read about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    interesting story

    Quick Read! Certainly a unique story. The writing left something to be desired and it should have been edited more but that's not why anyone would purchase this type of book. I do recommend it as a different take on a very surprising and life altering event.

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