Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton
I’ve been reluctant to read this book ever since I first heard, months ago, of its impending arrival on bookstore shelves, given that I’ve been turned off by the whole Kelle Hampton brand since her now famous birth story first started making its way around the internet over two years ago. I finally relented because, let’s face it – it’s pretty much the biggest thing to hit the Down syndrome community since Road Map to Holland. There’s been a ton of hype and promotion of this book, and in the end – especially since, as a parent of a child with Down syndrome myself, I try to read everything that hits the Down syndrome literary landscape – I caved and downloaded Bloom to my iPad.
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Meet Annie by Heather J. Scharlau-Hollis
In this short and sweet book aimed at young children, we meet Annie who is just like you and me in all the ways that count to little kids: she likes to play with her toys, she likes to splash around in her swimming pool, and she sometimes gets in trouble . . . .
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Also, check out Down Syndrome New Mama’s post for a chance to win a signed copy of this book!
Yesterday morning I woke up to an email from the co-editor of Literary Mama, an e-zine devoted to writers writing about maternal matters. What was shocking was that they came to me, instead of the other way around. In her email, the editor explained to me that she had been contacted by George Estreich, author of The Shape of the Eye, asking if Literary Mama would be willing to review his book. She went on to explain that Jennifer Graf-Groneberg, author of Roadmap to Holland and a sometime contributor to Literary Mama, had recommended me – me! – to write the review.
I am, in truth, still trying to wrap my head around this. Why me? (Not that I’m looking a gift horse in the mouth – I’m thrilled! Just analytical by nature.) It’s true that I read Roadmap to Holland in the early weeks following Finn’s birth, and it felt like a balm to me. It put into eloquent words so much of what I was feeling at the time – so much so that I made my book club read it and hosted the discussion. Jennifer Graf-Groneberg and I actually were in touch via email for a time after I read her book; if a book makes a particularly strong impression on me, I will often Google the author, find their contact information and drop them a note telling them how their book impacted me. She was very warm and approachable, and I appreciated it. Still, it’s been ages – a couple of years probably – since I’ve had any contact with her, so it’s just very, very surprising to me that she would even remember me, let alone that she would think me up to the task of writing a bona fide book review for a publication like Literary Mama.
It’s no secret to anyone who follows me on Facebook or my blog that I have dreams of writing – really writing. This feels like quite an opportunity. It’s not for pay, but I think there is definitely some prestige that can be gained from this opportunity, and perhaps it will lead to more opportunities.
So, although I’ve already reviewed The Shape of the Eye on my own little book blog, I will be writing an expanded review of it for Literary Mama’s Father’s Day issue next June. It’s a way off, but I hope you’ll look for it!