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A moving memoir from the mother of a child with Treacher Collins Syndrome, with a foreword by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder For Magda Newman, normal was a goal--she wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments of childhood that are often taken for granted. But Nathaniel's severe Treacher Collins syndrome--a craniofacial condition--meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly? In this moving memoir, Newman, with the help of her son, tells the story of raising Nathaniel, from the shock she and her husband faced when he was born, to the inspiration of Nathaniel's own strength and quirky humor. All this while also facing both non-Hodgkins and Hodgkins lymphoma diagnoses of her own. This uplifting story of a family tackling complex and terrifying circumstances with love and resilience is a true testament to Magda and her family, and to families everywhere who quietly but courageously persist.

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TitleNormal
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-139781328593122
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography

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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    This was so thought provoking, emotional, funny, sad, and beautiful. I’ll write a full review later, but trust me, this is a story you’ll want to read.**** I received an arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Magdalena has had a hell of a life. And so has her son. This book chronicles not only his life but hers as well. This book takes you on a journey through surgeries, hospital stays, near death experiences, the fears of parents with disabled children, the resilience of This was so thought provoking, emotional, funny, sad, and beautiful. I’ll write a full review later, but trust me, this is a story you’ll want to read.**** I received an arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Magdalena has had a hell of a life. And so has her son. This book chronicles not only his life but hers as well. This book takes you on a journey through surgeries, hospital stays, near death experiences, the fears of parents with disabled children, the resilience of disabled children, ableism, cancer, and so much more. Magdalena is so real and raw in this book, it would be difficult to not feel exactly how she’s feeling. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, and I felt triumphant. This is not an easy book to read, probably even harder to write, but this is a must read book.
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  • Krisette Spangler
    January 1, 1970
    This is a moving memoir about the author and her son who is born with Treacher Collins Syndrome. Madga tells her story with such grace and honesty. She is very upfront with her feelings of grief and sorrow, but also tells of her joys and triumphs. Throughout everything she has a beautiful faith in God that sustains her through the darkest days of her life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is wondering how to survive a trial with grace and your faith in God intact.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story of an amazing family. It is heart warming, funny, sad and inspiring.Highly recommended.
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great companion to Wonder. I liked the story of Nathanial and his family. I was very happy to hear they are all doing so well. I am hoping there will be pictures of the family in the book. Reading the eBook did not have any. I felt there was a lot of unnecessary jumping around in the timeline. Magda would be talking about present-day and then jump to when she and Russell had first met. I can sort of see it as a useful way to tell the story but it happened so much that it got annoying, This is a great companion to Wonder. I liked the story of Nathanial and his family. I was very happy to hear they are all doing so well. I am hoping there will be pictures of the family in the book. Reading the eBook did not have any. I felt there was a lot of unnecessary jumping around in the timeline. Magda would be talking about present-day and then jump to when she and Russell had first met. I can sort of see it as a useful way to tell the story but it happened so much that it got annoying, in my opinion. Overall though, I did enjoy the story.
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  • Jennifer Sanders
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a very touching true story. When Magda and her husband's first baby was born, the doctors took him out of her view as they all seemed shocked by what they were seeing. She had been expecting and dreaming about having a new baby boy that she'd be taking for walks and doing all of the things she saw other mothers doing with their new babies. She had been in a pre-natal class with other women who were mostly due around the same time and she couldn't wait for them to all see each This book was a very touching true story. When Magda and her husband's first baby was born, the doctors took him out of her view as they all seemed shocked by what they were seeing. She had been expecting and dreaming about having a new baby boy that she'd be taking for walks and doing all of the things she saw other mothers doing with their new babies. She had been in a pre-natal class with other women who were mostly due around the same time and she couldn't wait for them to all see each other's new babies when they were born.She and her husband didn't expect anything to be wrong with the baby. All her tests had come back normal! When she finally did get to see him she knew why the doctors had not let her see him at first. He didn't look anything like all of the other babies in the NICU. He was a normal size but his face was quite deformed.He has Treacher Collins syndrome, the same disease that the book and movie Wonder, with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson playing the parents of a boy with the disease. That story was fiction, though, while this one is completely true.Magda writes about all of the difficulty, pain, doctors, surgeries and treatments that she and her husband went through with everything, and as their son got older he also took part in helping her write his story.In reading it I cried for the family's pain and struggles, and I remembered how lucky I am to have had 2 healthy sons. I don't know if I could ever have been as strong as the Newman's were and still are!Definitely a book worth reading, just keep a box of tissues close - especially if you have kids!
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  • Mollie
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book fascinating. I liked that there were bits told from Nathaniel's perspective, but that most of the text comes from his mother. We often hear stories of people with unique experiences from their own viewpoint, but we don't often hear very much about the family members and how they are affected. Magdalena Newman is inspirational. She is very honest about her feelings throughout the book--not only does she talk about how wonderful her son is, but she shared how some of her own I found this book fascinating. I liked that there were bits told from Nathaniel's perspective, but that most of the text comes from his mother. We often hear stories of people with unique experiences from their own viewpoint, but we don't often hear very much about the family members and how they are affected. Magdalena Newman is inspirational. She is very honest about her feelings throughout the book--not only does she talk about how wonderful her son is, but she shared how some of her own experiences weren't always good. Many people wouldn't like to admit that they were scared or freaked out upon embarking on a journey such as hers, but she tells us about her own issues as well as those of her son.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Magda and her husband were caught by complete surprise when their first child was born with a serious case of Treacher Collins syndrome. The family learns to live life as a family with a medically fragile child. Many people n their lives are helpful, while a few are hateful.Add in some serious medical problems for Magda, and there is a lot for the family to cope with. The publication of the book “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio opens up new connections and new understanding of their sons’s challenges. Magda and her husband were caught by complete surprise when their first child was born with a serious case of Treacher Collins syndrome. The family learns to live life as a family with a medically fragile child. Many people n their lives are helpful, while a few are hateful.Add in some serious medical problems for Magda, and there is a lot for the family to cope with. The publication of the book “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio opens up new connections and new understanding of their sons’s challenges.And their son Nathaniel is as gutsy and confident as they come...
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  • Reggie Malz
    January 1, 1970
    Great story - the author, the mother - is truly inspirational. She overcame so many hardships while raising her children to have positive outlooks on life.
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