Monday, May 23, 2011

Book of the day: "What I Thought I Knew"

In honor of International Chick Lit Month and our one year blogoversary, we're bringing you a book a day (and then some). If you've read the book and want to comment on this post with your thoughts, please do. If you haven't read it yet, we hope you'll take interest in it after hearing our thoughts. To make this fun, anyone who comments on any of these posts has a chance to be entered in a drawing for a special prize. The more posts you comment on, the more chances to win! (See here for contest details.)

"What I Thought I Knew" by Alice Eve Cohen:
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. (Summary courtesy of Goodreads.)

Melissa A:
This was a very well told memoir from start to finish. There's even some humor amidst the serious tone. I am glad I had the opportunity to read it and I highly recommend it. See my review for more details.

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S.Sabia said...

I have heard about this one but haven't read it yet. It sounds very emotional!

Literary Chanteuse said...

I agree with S. Sabia sounds very emtional this book. I like the title a lot as well. I think a title says quite a bit about the book.


Shaz Goodwin said...

checked out your review as wanted to know more and have only added to my inquisitiveness to read it. Have added to my wishlist and actually, it's now my top 'to read'. Thanks for the book of the day.

Margie said...

Looks like a very thought-provoking book.
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Linda Kish said...

It sounds like an incredible story.

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Alice Eve Cohen said...

I'm honored that my memoir, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, was chosen as Chick Lit Central's Book of the Day. I hope you enjoy it!
Best wishes,

Jeryl M. said...

I have heard of this book, but I never read it.

JessicaWaggoner said...

Wow! Sounds like great book!

Unknown said...

ooh this one was great! Hard to read at times, but great!

karenk said...

have read many positive reviews :)

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Krystal Lynn said...

Seems interesting. I have a hard time with really emotional reads but I think I'll give this one a try.

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Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I have heard a lot about this book. Would love to read it!


Tiffany Drew said...

This might be one of the most emotionally heart-wrenching books I have ever read. While I may not have agreed with some of the author's point of view, I can definitely understand and respect her decisions and why she had those feelings. This is a book that will always stay with me.


Bec said...

I'd not heard of this but now want to know what happens -hopefully a happy ending!

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read!


Kat said...

I won this book through CLC and I agree with Tiffany, difficult in some parts but so well written and a great story.

Sarah said...

my sister read this and loved it.