What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir (2020)

What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir Alice Eve Cohen What I Thought I Knew A Memoir A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possibleAt age forty four Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years After a difficult divorce she was engaged to a
  • Title: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
  • Author: Alice Eve Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780670020959
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir Alice Eve Cohen A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possibleAt age forty four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming Alice tells her fianc that she s never been happier And then the stomach pains begin.A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possibleAt age forty four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming Alice tells her fianc that she s never been happier And then the stomach pains begin In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb six months into a high risk pregnancy.What I Thought I Knew is a page turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today s society Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love The Glass Castle and A Three Dog Life.
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  1. Jill

    So you re 44 years old and this is what you know your life is looking pretty darn good, at long last You re getting married in a few months to an all around great guy, your adopted daughter is thriving, your career is and satisfying Except or this large, hard lump in your abdomen, things are really looking up.But that lump does not go away In fact, it gets bigger You are anemic, depressed, and than a little worried about cancer, since you re a DES daughter Your gynecologist assures you that e [...]

  2. Vivek Tejuja

    So when I laid my hands on What I Thought I Knew actually it was sent to me as I wanted a review copy , I read the synopsis and thought to myself How different could this memoir be from the others that I have read Each memoir consists of the same ingredients anyway as though writers dish recipes out freshly baked , don t they I am glad that I was mistaken and proved wrong.When I started reading the book, to be very honest I could not put it down and I am not just saying this because I received a [...]

  3. Jeanette

    This read was a single sit down It takes no deciphering at all There are sections of lists at points of time which fill whole pages with about 20 sentences at the most per page So it s very short and a quick read It doesn t need any serious full attention to plot either It s Alice telling her year and then an aftermath Honesty, memoir style and the personalities do come through Especially her own No shrinking violet, Alice For me, it would have been 4 star if she hadn t been so obnoxious blunt a [...]

  4. esmepie

    I would give the contents of this book a 5 rating, but the actual writing knocks it down to a 3 The author is a performance artist and the whole book reads like it would be much better as a performance piece The book is structured with an arc from pregnancy to wedding with lists of things she knows along the way To me, it seemed the whole book could have been tightened into a longish magazine article, and the author would have benefitted greatly from an editor who knew how to write dialogue The [...]

  5. Ryan

    The story of a woman who unexpectedly becomes in her 40 s, and doesn t find out until she is 6 months along I think a lot of the drama in the book is sort of lost on me, as I had my own terrifying pregnancy nightmare where I lost the baby at 6 months It just didn t make the kind of impact on me that it might have made on someone who hadn t had experiences similar to mine or the author s I wasn t a huge fan of her style of writing at one point in the book she said that she had lost of her sense o [...]

  6. Lauren

    I really enjoyed this book and was barely able to put it down it s also quite short, making it an easy read It is well written and brutally honest in a way that endeared the author to me But, I can t lie this book terrified me The entire time Alice was pregnant I just sat there wondering what I would do and how I would react and it honestly made me panic, which either means Alice Cohen is a great writer or I have some psychological problems probably a bit of both And, probably due to my position [...]

  7. Mary (BookHounds)

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE ITI adored this book Once I started reading What I Thought I Knew, I couldn t put it down This is one memoir that will stick with you and you will want to read about the next chapter of Alice Eve Cohen s life I have just found out that she is working on another memoir so I can find out what happened next Normally, memoirs are just one story, but this one left me wanting a bit I become so wrapped up in the author s life that I can t wait to find out how everything turned out The [...]

  8. Sara

    Here s what she thought she knew That she was in love with her soul mate.That she had a beautiful adopted daughter.At 44 she had finally enabled her dream life style and financial situation It was medically impossible for her to get pregnant.Only to discover during a medical crisis that she was indeed six months pregnant Due to her age and pre natal neglect, her pregnancy is high risk, and she is grossly under insured The doctors tell her with certainty that her baby will be born with one deform [...]

  9. Sheree

    4.5 stars This was such an open, honest read for me Actually it was than a read, it was like sitting with a best friend and sharing your darkest thoughts and fears, things you don t usually tell others for fear of being judged I found Alice Eve Cohen s candidness and amusing sarcasm refreshingly honest, it was an intimate look at thoughts and feelings not often voiced, in circumstances one would hope never to find themselves in.I found it very easy to identify with the author having had my own [...]

  10. Cheryl

    Author, Alice Eve Cohen met her second husband, Michael at a conference Michael is ten years Alice s junior Alice already had a daughter named Julia when she and Michael met Things were looking up for Alice, when she received the biggest shock of her life she is pregnant What I Thought I Knew is author, Alice Eve Cohen s memoir into her life as a mother, wife and writer I really liked this book than I thought I would I say this because memoirs are not typically my first book of choice Mrs Cohen [...]

  11. Jackie

    44 year old Alice was sick Months of tests and doctor s exams left her with a portfolio of diagnosis early menopause, a bladder disorder, middle age loss of muscle tone, a malformed reproductive system because of her mother s use of DES, sore breasts from wearing underwire bras, anemia, depression, and a large lump in her lower abdomen Finally a new doctor sends her to the hospital for an emergency CAT scan and the real problem is revealed Alice is 6 months pregnant despite having an internal ex [...]

  12. Tattered Cover Book Store

    Jackie says 44 year old Alice was sick Months of tests and doctor s exams left her with a portfolio of diagnosis early menopause, a bladder disorder, middle age loss of muscle tone, a malformed reproductive system because of her mother s use of DES, sore breasts from wearing underwire bras, anemia, depression, and a large lump in her lower abdomen Finally a new doctor sends her to the hospital for an emergency CAT scan and the real problem is revealed Alice is 6 months pregnant despite having an [...]

  13. Kelly Collins

    This was a quick read started finished in one day, even with a toddler running around It reminded me very much of my brother sister in law s experience with an OB who made some pretty serious errors and did not diagnose my nephew s life threatening disabilities until my SIL was well into her third trimester We were all grateful to have their son in our lives for the 12 short days he lived, but the idea of a wrongful life suit certainly has entered my thoughts over these last four years Ms Cohen [...]

  14. Anna

    Although I only gave the book three starts it was because four stars means I really liked it, and that s not the words I would use to describe reading this book If it were stars for I really appreciated this book then it would be four stars I love how Cohen is simply frank about a very difficult journey one that makes her questions what she believes, what she wants, and what she will do There is no debating of anything here, no telling us what we should do, just Cohen relating her experience wit [...]

  15. Linette Blaszak

    This book was completely different then I thought it would be I thought it was about someone similar to myself with 2 kids, this was not the case Never being depressed myself it was hard for me to read about her trials and difficulties but I empathized with her none the less I hope to never be in that place mentally I was happy with the ending

  16. Allison

    I couldn t put this book down A compelling, honest, very well written account of how one woman is forced to re imagine her life when everything that can go wrong with her health does Surprisingly funny at times, with a spot on voice I don t always love memoirs, but this one was a delight.

  17. Ciara

    this is an amazingly intense memoir when cohen was thirty years old married to her first husband, she was having trouble conceiving eventually she saw a doctor, who found that she had a bifurcated uterus a serious hormone imbalance that had essentially plunged her into early menopause she was prescribed estrogen to address the hormone issue, but she was told that she would never be able to get pregnant, that if she did, she would never be able to carry a fetus to term she her husband accepted th [...]

  18. Carin

    What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen is a harrowing memoir of what happens when everything goes wrong in a pregnancy.Alice has known since she was 30 that she was infertile She had probably always suspected it as she s a DES daughter her mother took DES, an anti miscarriage drug, which was later found to cause birth defects, primarily in the reproductive arena of the baby girls But while married to her first husband, they wanted to have children, and she was told definitively there was no wa [...]

  19. Vicki

    I started reading this book not sure if I d like it or not I didn t know if the author wrote it in a way I would enjoy, because of the sensitive subject And for the first few pages I still wasn t sure But before long, I was hooked I didn t want to put it down and read it in two sittings I would have read it in one if I hadn t had to stop and do things that had to be done.The writing is terrific, as is the story And it s a true story One that I can t imagine going through It is at times happy, an [...]

  20. Jennifer

    My Synopsis In this startlingly candid memoir, Alice Even Cohen shares her personal journey as a 44 year old infertile pregnant woman From the medical professionals who couldn t figure out what was wrong with her she was SIX MONTHS into her pregnancy before it was finally discovered that she was pregnant , to her emotional struggle of whether or not she wanted to have the baby, Ms Cohen s memoir is deeply touching and fast paced My Thoughts I loved this memoir I am completely shocked and downrig [...]

  21. Michelle

    Alice Eve Cohen s memoir is honest, deeply moving, and at times humorous At age 44, Alice is happy with the way her life is going Divorced, she has found Mr Right and is headed down the path to marriage Her adopted daughter is thriving, and her career as a storyteller and performer is flourishing What could she want She was settled into the life she wanted when suddenly she started experiencing mysterious symptoms After a visit to her gynecologist, the doctor told her she was going through meno [...]

  22. Jean Godwin Carroll

    Alice has long since reconciled with her infertility Although she is recently divorced, she is planning to marry her boyfriend who loves her 9 year old adopted daughter as much as she does At the age of 44, she is finally beginning to feel happiness as she plans her wedding However, she begins to suffer strange abdominal symptoms from an illness her doctor cannot seem to diagnose Although the doctor tells her to the contrary, she begins to suspect she is pregnant However, the pregnancy test come [...]

  23. Evanston PublicLibrary

    After a difficult divorce, playwright and performing artist Ann Eve Cohen is finally happy, caring for her eight year old adopted daughter and in a secure, committed relationship Told at a young age that she would be unable to have children, she finds herself at the age of 44 shocked to find out that she is six months pregnant With no prenatal care and after years of taking synthetic hormones, her pregnancy is a minefield A woman with no prenatal care for twenty six weeks is a lousy insurance ri [...]

  24. Karen

    Terrifying, my worst nightmare come true for someone else Also beautifully written and completely compelling Imagine going in for a CAT scan of your tumor and finding out you re actually six months pregnant Your gynecologist told you you had early onset of menopause You d always believed you were infertile You re also forty five years old, have been drinking and taking horse estrogen for the entire pregnancy and quite quickly you learn the baby may or may not be a hermaphordite Time for the insu [...]

  25. Jessica

    The story is compelling, the writing style so so The author is a solo performer, and in many parts this reads to me like a spoken word piece It s very straightforward, and while she lists very clearly how she s feeling throughout the book, she doesn t spend much time with long descriptions, or analyzing those feelings And yet parts of it were almost poetic written in lists, sentences that aren t sentences, etc None of that bothered me it was just different I think my preference is for something [...]

  26. Melody

    This memoir can be read in a few hours which is wonderful, because I can t imagine putting it down before finishing it and finding out how Cohen s story was going to turn out It s an honest portrayal of unbelievably difficult circumstances that somehow manages to be uplifting despite the challenges Cohen faces I wonder if new parents or those trying to become new parents might view it differently

  27. Ellen

    Pretty thought provoking book by someone about as different from me as could be she confronted the unexpected news that at age 44 she was expecting, and all the issues that it brought up She has a great writing style Maybe I am drawn to Jewish writers and their sense of humor and way of thinking like AJ Jacobs

  28. Kasey Jueds

    I literally couldn t put this book down It is an amazing story, and told so beautifully often surprisingly funny in the midst of being traumatic, distressing, just plain wild and almost unbelievable yet true Alice Eve Cohen s writing is totally vibrant and alive, as well as deeply honest.

  29. Joan Dwoskin

    Such a great read Funny and sad and emotional I cried like a baby at the end because I grew to love her and her unusual family and to appreciate the tough choices she had to make.

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