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Author Harpham, Heather Elise, 1967- author.

Title Happiness : the crooked little road to semi-ever after : a memoir / Heather Harpham.

Publication Info. New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
2017

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Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  618.36 Har    ---  Available
Edition First edition.
Description 305 pages ; 25 cm.
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Summary Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant, Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood, alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood. The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions, new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.
Subject Harpham, Heather Elise, 1967- -- Health.
Newborn infants -- Diseases -- United States -- Biography.
Blood diseases in pregnancy -- United States.
Blood -- Transfusion.
Parent and child -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9781250131560
1250131561
9781250301147 (pbk.)

 
    
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