'What they did not realize is that they themselves were the ones who would be 'born,' infants in a new world where magic is commonplace, Harvard professors are the slow learners, and retarded babies are the master teachers' (Chapter 1, pg. 7.)
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- Detroit Free Press “I challenge any reader not to be moved by it.”-New York Newsday 'Expecting Adam is Martha Beck's meticulously written, uplifting, and compassionate account of being gifted with a retarded son who opens her heart to the deep intuitions that love can bring.' -Judith Orloff, M.D., author of Second Sight.
'Adam deals with many things more graciously than I do' (Chapter 3, pg. 19.)
'How bourgeois to demand special delicacies, I thought, how...stereotypical' (Chapter 6, pg. 45.)
'He looked back at me with steady eyes, and I knew what I had known—what I should have remembered—all the time: that his flesh of my flesh had a soul I could barely comprehend, that he was sorry for the pain I felt as I tried to turn him into a 'normal' child, and that he loved me despite my many disabilities' (Chapter 8, pg. 71.)
'In the picture, there was nobody behind me' (Chapter 11, pg. 96.)
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