Posted by: Meagan | September 29, 2009

“What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir” by Alice Eve Cohan

What I thought I knew

A brief overview of the book by Goodreads.com:

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.

I have to say that I did not like this book. I found that I could not relate to Alice; her thoughts and actions made me not like her very much. I wont go into detail in case someone is reading or planning on reading it, but I probably wouldn’t recommend this book. I didn’t find it “uplifting” or “inspirational” like other people, nor did I find much humor in it.

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