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My Heart Can't Even Believe It

All parent stories about raising a child with Down syndrome are special and unique, but in the hands of a good writer, they can have the power to reach, change, and resonate far beyond family and friends. And that is the case with this book by journalist, blogger, and NPR contributor Amy Silverman. Amy bravely looks at her life, before and after her daughter Sophie was born, and reflects on her transformation from a spoiled, self-centered brat, who used words like retard and switched lines at the Safeway to avoid a bagger with special needs, into the mother of a child with Down syndrome and all that her new identity entails. She describes her evolution as gradual, one built by processing her fears and facing questions both big and small about Sophie, Down syndrome, and her place in the world. Funny, touching, and honest, this wonderful book looks at a daughter and her power to change minds and fill hearts with love so deep that, as Sophie once remarked to her mum, I love you so much my heart can't even believe it! Theirs is a story worth reading.
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About the Author

Amy Silverman is Managing Editor at Phoenix New Times. She is also a commentator for KJZZ, the National Public Radio affiliate in Phoenix, and her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times. She is a graduate of Scripps College and has a master's in journalism from Columbia University. She lives in Tempe, Arizona, with her husband and daughters. Find her online at

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