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Beck, Martha Nibley

Summary: Describes how a mother struggled to cope when her unborn second child, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, her decision to keep her son, and his magical influence on her life.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Berkley Books 2000

Copies Available at Fife Lake

1 available in Adult, Call number: 362.1 BEC

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult, Call number: 618.24 Beck

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BECK, MARTHA BEC

Di Fiore, Mariangela

Summary: Tells the story of Englishman Joseph Carey Merrick who people called the Elephant Man because of his severe deformities and who was exhibited as a human curiosity in the 1900's.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Annick Press 2015

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 MER

Hoge, Robert

Summary: Born with a large facial tumor and stunted legs, Robert Hoge shares how he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Listening Library 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Audiobooks, Call number: J CD 921 HOG

LeRette, Scott Michael

Summary: "A father shares his autistic son's story and offers inspiration and advice for families facing similar challenges"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Center Point Large Print 2015

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP 616.8 LER

Agin, D. P.

Summary: Biologist Dan Agin marshals new scientific evidence to argue that the fetal environment can be just as crucial as genetic hard-wiring or even later environment in determining our intelligence and behavior. Stress during pregnancy, for example, puts children at far greater risk of anxiety disorders. Nutritional deprivation during early fetal development may elevate the risk of late onset...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 2010

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 618.24 AGI

Williams, Ismée

Summary: Pregnant at fifteen, Mari Pujols believes the baby will supply the family love she yearns for but when she learns the fetus has a heart defect, her friends, sometimes boyfriend, and doctor are there for her.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Amulet Books 2017

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC WIL

Dorris, Michael.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: G.K. Hall & Co. 1990

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP 362.292 Dorri

Hoge, Robert

Summary: "Robert Hoge was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life. This is the true story of how he embraced his circumstances and never let his "ugly" stop him from focusing on what truly mattered."--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: VIKING, Published by Penguin Group 2016

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2 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 HOG

Chamberlain, Diane

Summary: When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before - and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Macmillan Audio 2018

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Zuckoff, Mitchell.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2002

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult, Call number: 362.3 ZUC

Chamberlain, Diane

Summary: "When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before--and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thorndike Press Large Print 2018

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Adult, Call number: LP FIC CHA

Chamberlain, Diane

Summary: "When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before--and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2018

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION CHA

7 holds on 2 copies

Summary: "FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon's award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sundance Selects 2019

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Summary: Surviving Cancer: Our Voices and Choices is a compilation of 70 voices belonging to survivors and a "cancer team" of doctors, social workers, cancer organization leaders, and other professionals directly involved in assisting cancer patients. These voices represent a variety of ages and cultures, and come from America, Canada, Cambodia, Israel, and India. Each voice holds a vast array of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: WWH Press 2014

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: 616.994 SUR

Estreich, George.

Summary: The author discusses the raising of his daughter, Laura Estreich, with Down syndrome.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin 2013

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Holden, Wendy

Summary: "#1 International Bestseller When Owen met Haatchi, the lives of one adorable little boy and one great, big dog were destined to change forever. Owen--known to his family as "little buddy" or "Little B"--has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi--an...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: St Martins Pr 2014

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult, Call number: 636 HOL

Betts, Kate

Summary: As a young woman, Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own in a faraway place and becoming a glamorous foreign correspondent. After college--and not without trepidation--she took off for Paris, renting a room in the apartment of a young BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) family and throwing herself into the local culture. She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Spiegel & Grau 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BETTS, KATE BET

Geist, Mary Ellen.

Summary: Mary Ellen Geist decided to leave her job as a CBS Radio anchor to return home to Michigan when her father's Alzheimer's got to be too much for her mother to shoulder alone. She chose to live her life by a different set of priorities: to be guided by her heart, not by outside accomplishment and recognition. Through her own story and through interviews with doctors and other women who've...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Springboard Press 2008

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 362.196 GEI

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 362.196 Geist

Cahalan, Susannah.

Summary: The story of twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan and the life-saving discovery of the autoimmune disorder that nearly killed her -- and that could perhaps be the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.2009. Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records chronicled a month long hospital stay of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Free Press 2012

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Adult, Call number: 616.8 Cah

Collins, Judy

Summary: "A no-holds-barred account of music legend Judy Collin's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Nan A. Talese, Double Day 2017

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 616.85 Collins 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 COLLINS, JUDY COL

Miller, Jennifer

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2001

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult, Call number: 921 MILLER, JENNIFER MIL

Cahalan, Susannah.

Summary: One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a "flight risk," and her medical records--chronicling a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all--showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Cahalan tells the astonishing true...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

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1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP 921 CAHALAN, SUSANNAH CAH

Brown, Ian

Summary: Ian Brown's son, Walker, was born with a genetic mutation so rare that doctors call it an orphan syndrome: at most, three hundred people around the world live with it. At thirteen, Walker is still in diapers: he is globally delayed, he can't speak, and he has to wear cuffs on both arms so he won't constantly hit himself. He will require constant care for the rest of his life. The boy in the...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2011

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 921 BROWN, WALKER BRO

Kennedy, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph)

Summary: "Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Center Point Large Print 2015

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1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP 921 KENNEDY, PATRICK J KEN