Thursday, June 6, 2013

Brief Book Review: Raising Henry

Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and DiscoveryRaising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery by Rachel Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting but a little dry for a "memoir." I suppose the fact that the author is a professor and the book is published by a university press should have prepared me, but I wasn't expecting so much exposition on the author's past research (which was on "freaks," so I can't say it was exactly boring), and her current work in disability studies. A lot of the "memoir" part of her son's first three years was about his therapies and education; I didn't get a real feel for her emotions and feelings about Henry himself, only about his education, his opportunities, his future, and how others perceived him. I also didn't get much of a sense of her relationship with her husband or her older son. Perhaps what this book needs is a different subtitle.

* I received an e-galley from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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