Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Down Syndrome Book Bathed in Love

By Richard Horgan 


The reviews have been uniformly ecstatic for My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Love, Science and Down Syndrome. Written by veteran journalist Amy Silverman, currently the managing editor of alt-weekly the Phoenix New Times, the memoir is all about the challenges of raising a daughter born with the disability.
Ahead of a book signing event Friday in Tucson, Patty Machelor of the Arizona Daily Star shared this fascinating tidbit about the origins of the book’s title:
The title is a partial quote of [daughter] Sophie’s, a proclamation of love she made to her mother a few years back as Silverman was about to board a plane for New York City. In a flurry of selfies and little videos, this hit Silverman hard: “I love you so much my heart can’t even believe it.”
“I had been struggling for a long time to come up with a name for the project I had been working on,” she said.
Silverman hopes the book starts conversations about many things, not just Down syndrome, but also about inclusion, parenting, families and schools.

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