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A Quick Tip by bettydravis

  • Aug 6, 2010
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Jodi Picoult is a great author, timely topics in all her books.
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review by . June 15, 2010
Handle with Care is a novel that is well written and accurate with regard to the emotions experienced by a parent of a child with special needs.  It shows the lengths a parent is willing to go to to protect and preserve the life of their child.  The mother in this story is so extremely driven to care for her child that she risks uprooting her life.  She tampers with her marriage, her friendships, and her relationship with her child.  I think the underlying story of the “forgotten …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Another great Jodi Picoult book! Very interesting topic.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
such a sad book as most of hers are but still very well written
review by . June 15, 2010
   I loved this book.  It is my favorite novel by Picoult.  This is an issue that faces many parents today, what would you do if you had a child with a disability?  The lengths a parent will go to to protect and provide for their children is awe-inspiring.  This novel really addresses the complex variety of emotions that a special needs parent will inevitably face.  This mother makes incredibly difficult choices, alienates her family and friends, and forever shifts …
review by . April 04, 2009
Jodi Picoult's latest provocative tome, "Handle with Care: A Novel," leads us down a typically controversial path when a young mother, Charlotte O'Keefe, sues her obstetrician, Piper Reece - who also happens to have been her best friend. Charlotte's second child, Willow, is born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta - brittle bone disease - that not only leads to broken bones, several even in utero, but in this harrowing plot, hearts and lives are shattered into shards. The crux of the suit surrounds the …
review by . July 23, 2009
Willow O'Keefe is born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Type III - otherwise known as brittle bone disease. Willow's bones can break by just sneezing or turning over in bed while sleeping. She will suffer hundreds of broken bones throughout her life span.     After a horrible experience in Disney World, the family consults an attorney and they are introduced to the term "Wrongful Birth". The attorney's and Charlotte (Willow's mother) believe that Willow's condition was not diagnosed …
review by . April 03, 2009
Jodi Picoult hands us another winner in this tale of a family crippled by the overwhelming health challenges of one of their children. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe are finally blessed with a pregnancy...after trying unsuccessfully for a long time. This blended family...with Amelia being Charlotte's daughter from a previous marriage...is thrilled about their new addition. With her best friend serving as her obstetrician, Charlotte is confident that she could not be in better medical hands. But when …
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BETTY DRAVIS was born in Hamilton, Ohio, one of seven children of John and Felda Barger. Her natural writing ability was nurtured by a “great Ohio school system, caring teachers, and a loving family.” … more
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Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe's daughter, Willow, was born with brittle bone disease, a condition that requires Charlotte to act as full-time caregiver and has strained their emotional and financial limits. Willow's teenaged half-sister, Amelia, suffers as well, overshadowed by Willow's needs and lost in her own adolescent turmoil. When Charlotte decides to sue for wrongful birth in order to obtain a settlement to ensure Willow's future, the already strained family begins to implode. Not only is the defendant Charlotte's longtime friend, but the case requires Charlotte and Sean to claim that had they known of Willow's condition, they would have terminated the pregnancy, a statement that strikes at the core of their faith and family. Picoult individualizes the alternating voices of the narrators more believably than she has previously, and weaves in subplots to underscore the themes of hope, regret, identity and family, leading up to her signature closing twists.
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ISBN-10: 0743296419
ISBN-13: 978-0743296410

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