Alice Eve Cohen’s memoir of unexpected late-life motherhood, What I Thought I Knew, has risen to #104 on Amazon, thanks to today’s New York Times profile of the playwright-turned-author.  The book was also selected as one of O Magazine’s top 25 summer reads, as we mentioned last month. Libraries we checked had up to 62 holds on up to 10 copies on order.

The book explores Cohen’s pregnancy at age 44, which was misdiagnosed as a cancerous tumor, after she had been on hormone replacement therapy for 14 years, and was drinking plenty of red wine on the advice of a doctor who believed she had reflux. Already the adoptive mother of an eight year-old, she decided to bear her daughter despite the warnings of doctors about possible birth defects and Cohen’s own health. As the Times sums it up,

Although much of “What I Thought I Knew” turns on the question of abortion and the actions of doctors who blew it at every turn (they thought they knew), Ms. Cohen said her book is really not about abortion, medicine or law. (She ended up filing a wrongful life suit, which was settled.) She will leave those debates to others. “It’s a love story,” she said, about the ever-changing, complex job of parenting, motherhood in particular.

What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
Alice Eve Cohen
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2009-07-09)
ISBN / EAN: 0670020958 / 9780670020959

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