All I Want For Christmas Is Some Time To Read

Finding Your Way by Martha Beck

I don’t mean reading to my kids either. I mean time to read just for me. Maybe I’m asking for too much. Winter break starts when school ends this afternoon.

Here’s is what’s on my stack for winter break.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

I’m currently a third of the way through The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a story about what happens when in the near future, people mysteriously disappear a la The Rapture. Now I’m invested and must finish this book as soon as possible, but still make sure I get the kids’ gifts wrapped.

Finding Your Way by Martha Beck

I began reading Martha Beck’s new book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, during my flight home from Boston a few weeks ago. She was a keynote speaker at the conference I attended, and her talk inspired me to read it. I’m about 3o pages and so far I like what she’s telling me.

2012 Goddess Guidebook by Goddess Leonie

I’m almost ready to ring in 2012, but I want to take some time plan for 2012. To help me out, I’m using Goddess Leonie’2012 Creating your Goddess Year workbook, planner and calendar. I’ve printed out the ebook and it’s abolutely gorgeous!

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Last but not least I have The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, a historical novel about Japanese picture brides on their way to San Francisco to start a new life.

Whew! What would you read during winter break if you had all the time you wanted to read?

Chat with Martha Beck-TODAY 1PM Eastern

Martha Beck headshot    Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Today is our live chat with Martha Beck. Join us at 1PM Eastern as we discuss her book Expecting Adam. We’ll be talking pregnancy, special needs, angels, special signs, work-life balance and much more! If you have any questions for Martha, please submit them in the comments below.

If you haven’t read Expecting Adam, check out From Left to Write members’ posts inspired by Martha Beck’s memoir.

To join the chat, just enter your name in the box that says “Guest_1234″ or something similar and start typing! Click “Send” or press enter to submit your chat. 

Due to technical difficulties, we’ve moved the chat to our Facebook page. Join us there!

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Book Club Day: Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

It’s amazing how parenting views can change in twenty years. When Martha Beck was Expecting Adam, many people she knew were dismayed that she decided too keep her pregnancy after learning that Adam had Down syndrome.Today From Left to Write members share their stories inspired by Expecting Adam:

Don’t forget to join us today at 1PM Eastern and chat live with Martha Beck!  Even if you haven’t read Expecting Adam!

What Would You Ask Martha Beck? Call For Questions

Martha Beck headshot

Martha Beck headshot

We’re thrilled to have Martha Beck join us on book club day this Thursday, November 10 when From Left to Write bloggers discuss her book, Expecting Adam.

Martha Beck will be chatting live with our bloggers and you, our readers, at 1PM Eastern (convert it to your time zone).  In case you missed it, here’s more about the new edition of Expecting Adam:

John and Martha Beck had two Harvard degrees apiece when they conceived their second child. Further graduate studies, budding careers, and a growing family meant major stress–not that they’d have admitted it to anyone (or themselves). As the pregnancy progressed, Martha battled constant nausea and dehydration. And when she learned her unborn son had Down syndrome, she battled nearly everyone over her decision to continue the pregnancy. She still cannot explain many of the things that happened to her while she was expecting Adam, but by the time he was born, Martha, as she puts it, “had to unlearn virtually everything Harvard taught [her] about what is precious and what is garbage.”

What would you want to ask Martha Beck or Expecting Adam? Leave your questions in the comments and it might be chosen for our chat.

I hope you can join us at 1PM Eastern on November 10!

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November Book Club: Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

It’s not quite November yet, but our book club members are excited about our next month’s book club selection, Martha Beck’s Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic (Three Rivers Press).  Martha Beck is a prolific writer and is well known for her monthly column in O. Magazine.

In Expecting Adam, Martha Beck writes a bit closer to home. Originally published in 1999, her memoir reveals the months leading up to the birth of her Down Syndrome son Adam and his childhood years. This  new edition includes  a new chapter from the author.

   John and Martha Beck had two Harvard degrees apiece when they conceived their second child. Further graduate studies, budding careers, and a growing family meant major stress–not that they’d have admitted it to anyone (or themselves). As the pregnancy progressed, Martha battled constant nausea and dehydration. And when she learned her unborn son had Down syndrome, she battled nearly everyone over her decision to continue the pregnancy. She still cannot explain many of the things that happened to her while she was expecting Adam, but by the time he was born, Martha, as she puts it, “had to unlearn virtually everything Harvard taught [her] about what is precious and what is garbage.”

Parents will find the memoir fascinating as we learn how the medical profession and society dealt with special needs in the 1990s as compared to today. Grab you copy and come back on November 10 as From Left to Write members discuss Martha Beck’s Expecting Adam.