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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 ...

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What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir

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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.

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In this chronicle of a late-in-life pregnancy, New York City playwright and theater artist Cohen recalls an unlikely chain of events that, at age 44, transformed her life: "Three weeks ago I found out I was pregnant. Two weeks ago, I contemplated and rejected a late-term abortion. One week ago I was put on bed rest. I accepted my role as a miniature hospital, protecting a fragile life by lying on my left side and drinking Gatorade." Already the mother of an adopted daughter, Cohen's first experience with pregnancy is a minefield of physical and financial dangers: "A woman with no prenatal care for twenty-six weeks is a lousy insurance risk... To an obstetrician, she represents an expensive malpractice liability." Cohen questions herself-health, commitment and emotional readiness-and others while sorting through a growing mountain of advice, ultimately wondering whether one can ever be fully prepared to bring a baby into the world. Compelling, humanizing, and deeply honest, Cohen's narrative will get readers rooting for her growing family.
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A blackly humorous, deeply personal story from a playwright and solo theater artist. In 1999, Cohen (Writing and Theatre/The New School) was a 44-year-old divorcee raising an adopted daughter and dating a 34-year-old fellow performer. Her gynecological history was bleak-a DES daughter with an abnormal uterus, she had been told she was infertile and believed herself to be on the brink of menopause. When a hard lump appeared in her abdomen, she feared it was cancer. After some absurd misdiagnoses, however, she learned that she was six-months pregnant. In three "Acts," Cohen reveals her reactions to this news and the ensuing complications of a high-risk pregnancy, possibly damaged fetus and lack of adequate medical insurance. "Unbridled Good Fortune" ends with the author considering an abortion. "What I Know" chronicles the three anguished and often indecisive months that culminated with the birth of her baby. In "An Unexpected Life," Cohen discusses three therapy-filled years and, finally, a malpractice suit against the doctors who misdiagnosed her. Periodically, the author inserts lists titled "What I Know," the items of which change as she learns new "facts" and as her thoughts and feelings about the situation change. At times her humor is harsh, particularly in her caricatures of her endocrinologist and of certain students in her storytelling class. The questions that Cohen deals with-whether or not to abort, to place her baby up for adoption or to sue for malpractice-are serious, even controversial, and her frankness in dealing with them can be disconcerting. A memoir of a life in crisis that may challenge female readers to face some of their darkest fears. Author events in New YorkCity
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670020959
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Eve Cohen is a playwright, solo theater artist, and memoirist. She has written for Nickelodeon and PBS and received fellowships and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at The New School in New York City.

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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.

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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.

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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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