Dirty Genes [NOOK Book]

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Abra, an intellectually gifted woman from a family with mentally retarded parents and siblings, is the family caretaker until she goes away to college severing all family ties. Sixteen years later she learns that her sister died starting her on a quest to understand why she abandoned her family. She falls in love with Adam who helps her cope with her view that she has "dirty genes."

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Dirty Genes

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Overview

Abra, an intellectually gifted woman from a family with mentally retarded parents and siblings, is the family caretaker until she goes away to college severing all family ties. Sixteen years later she learns that her sister died starting her on a quest to understand why she abandoned her family. She falls in love with Adam who helps her cope with her view that she has "dirty genes."

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011370113
  • Publisher: Esther Minskoff
  • Publication date: 7/3/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 215,964
  • File size: 668 KB

Meet the Author

My life is split. The first part (the majority) was spent as a Professor of Special Education at James Madison University where I trained teachers to work with students with disabilities. I wrote two professional books. I authored "Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners," and co-authored "Academic Success Strategies for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities and ADHD" which has been translated into French and Korean. Upon retirement, I began writing novels which is more taxing intellectually than writing textbooks, and much more fun. There's just no way to include sex scenes in a book on teaching reading! However, the thought of my children reading such scenes is a bit worrisome. I have completed two novels, the first "Dirty Genes" has just been published by the miraculous technology afforded by Smashwords. My second book "Dual Identity" is now available through Smashwords also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Offensive

    The use of the r word in this book is sickening. As a mother of a special needs child the whole tone of this book was offensive. And to learn that the author was a special educstion teacher makes me sad. This is not the work of someone who has a kind heart.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Offended

    I couldnt even finish this book. As a person who has family members with mental handicaps, I was offended. The word "retarded" is used to extremes. Is it so hard to say "mentally handicapped"or "mentally disabled"? This book painted people with disabilities in a horrible light.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    A must read.

    This book is great for book club discussions. Anyone with family members with mental disabalities should read this touching book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Entertaining

    An interesting read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Wonderful book

    One of the best. I must recommend to everybody. Absolutely love this book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Excellent book

    Deep, thought provocing. Must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    I really liked this book. I don't think it painted people with m

    I really liked this book. I don't think it painted people with mental disabilities in a negative light, I think it did a great job of showing that, just like in the rest of the population, some disabled people are really nice, and some are jerks. Also, it nicely showed the main character's struggle to do what was right for her, and not what was right for her family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    A wonderful story of redemption

    Even with "retarded" it really speaks of choices and psychological toll of dealing with different abilities

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Good story

    This book is well written. I enjoyed the storyline. I recommend this to anyone that loves to read books that are heart warming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Amazing read

    I want to read more. I love this book. Its a perfect 10. Very interesting and definitely needs a sequel... Very touching

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    ok

    Not my type of book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Too much

    I originally thought Abra used retard due to her age and uneducation; but after getting all her degrees, she still used the word retard. On the other hand, I found the book overall boring and drawn out. I was trying to force myself to finish but gave up on page 311. I skipped all the way to page 490 to get a sense of how things turned out. I was disappointed in the book as the overview sounded promising.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Recommend

    Great play on words

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Wonderful story

    At times it was difficult to follow but very enjoyable... a story of courage in just living life

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