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Old 07-28-2008, 09:06 PM   #1
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Book recommendation for the dads.

I saw this book at the library last week and thought I would pass it on to you ladies!
The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century
by Brooks Hansen
While miracles in reproductive technology have brought joy to millions, those very advances have plunged many couples into an unrelenting cycle of hope and heartbreak. One failed attempt may lead to another and anotheróbut how do you give up when there is always another doctor, another procedure holding out the possibility of conception and the child you yearn for? Brooks Hansen vividly captures the emotional turmoil he and his wife, Elizabeth, endured as they tried to concieve, the years their lives were put on hold, and the excruciating sense of loss. He writes too of the coupleís journey through the bewildering world of adoptionóa path to parenthood fraught with financial, legal, and emotional risks of its own.

Offering men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective, The Brotherhood of Joseph brings to life the anger, frustration, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness that come to dominate the husbandís role. As his remarkable account reaches its finale in Siberia, however, Hansenís once again becomes the story of a husband and a wife who, even after years of medical frustration and fruitless paperwork, still must take one last risk together and trust in their most basic instincts before their new family can be born.

"Literary grace that has the remarkable power to act as a lens" is how the New York Times Book Review has described Hansenís writing, and that grace has never been more evident than in this remarkable memoir.
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