The Water Giver: The Story of a Mother, a Son, and Their Second Chance - eBook
The Water Giver: The Story of a Mother, a Son, and Their Second Chance - eBook  -     By: Joan Ryan
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The Water Giver: The Story of a Mother, a Son, and Their Second Chance - eBook

Simon & Schuster / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781416584001
ISBN-13: 9781416584001

Publisher's Description

Both a medical drama and meditation on motherhood, The Water Giver is Joan Ryan's honest account of her doubts and mistakes in raising a learning-disabled son and the story of how his near-fatal accident gave her a second chance as a parent.

Author Bio

Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and author. She was one of the first female sports columnists in the country, and has covered every major sporting event, from the Super Bowl to the Olympics and championship fights. Her work has earned her thirteen Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award and the Women's Sports Foundation's Journalism Award by the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women. Her book Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters was named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated (the only one to be authored by a woman), and one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All Time by the Guardian. Joan now works as a media consultant to the San Francisco Giants.

Publisher's Weekly

How does one raise children to be the best they can be, instead of the best of who you want them to be? Former San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ryan (Little Girls in Pretty Boxes) wrestled with this question for most of her adopted son Ryan's life, never quite feeling as if her mothering instincts fit the boy she loved. His early childhood diagnosis with sensory integration dysfunction gave her analytical side a roadmap of therapies and teaching tools, but the heartbreak of watching him struggle endlessly in school and at home left her emotionally exhausted and unsure of herself. Then their lives changed: after falling from his skateboard just blocks from their home at age TK, her son suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to walk or talk, requiring multiple complex surgeries and months of rehabilitation. Her story of supporting him through this experience, with expert medical teams and tremendous aid from family and friends, is a testament both to her stamina and to his strength. Given the perspective that sometimes only a crisis can bring, Ryan learns to forgive herself for the smaller struggles of her son's earlier years, to take each day's challenges as they come and to trust herself to be the only mother that he needs. (Sept.)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"We have to admire Ryan for tackling these topics. It is one thing to

live through the experiences as they occur; it is quite another to

re-create them honestly and effectively. And though the story Ryan

tells is unique...the themes of love, grace and redemption that run

through her discussion are ideas with which we can all relate."

--Christina Eng, The San Francisco Chronicle

 
"Given the perspective that sometimes only a crisis can bring, Ryan learns to forgive herself for the smaller struggles of her son's earlier years, to take each day's challenges as they come and to trust herself to be the only mother that he needs."

--Publishers Weekly

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