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  • 288
  • The Brotherhood of Joseph A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century
  • Brooks Hansen
  • English
  • 24 December 2017
  • 9781594868276

7 thoughts on “The Brotherhood of Joseph A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century

  1. says:

    I suspect you won't be able to appreciate the wit and wisdom of this if you have not walked a few miles in these shoes

  2. says:

    Just because the male experience of all this sort of thing of fatherhood not 'naturally' come by is a subtle one and just because it doesn't often get expressed that doesn't mean there isn't something worth expressing what it feels like to be caught up in this blur of plastic cups and paperwork committed by love by vow and by faith in some Divine Order that there is a plan We lower our shoulders and muscle through often uite unpleasantly tr

  3. says:

    By Joseph the author means Jesus' adoptive father Behind the title Brooks Hansen has drafted an infertility and adoption memoir with a voice reminiscent of Paul Reiser than of a man who considers infertility his

  4. says:

    Having just read a Mom's perspective Breeding in Captivity I was wholeheartedly looking forward to reading a Dad's perspective totally different stories different families etc and I wasn't disappointed but this book was simply too lon

  5. says:

    I've been putting off having children until I can safely finacially support myself This made me want to get pregnant immediatly just to make sure I canuite poignant and moving Wonderfully written

  6. says:

    I skimmed this one I started to read it but all I could think about while reading is this guy is a pretentious ass so I gave up skimmed It might be of interest to people experience infertility andor adoptings from Russia otherwise give it a pass

  7. says:

    A very interesting book both in terms of having a man's perspective of fertility problems and in noting the grim oy vey realities of fertility and adoption

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The Brotherhood of Joseph A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century

Es were put on hold and the excruciating sense of loss He writes too of the couple's journey through the bewildering world of adoption a path to parenthood fraught with financial legal and emotional risks of its ownOffering 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 husband's role As his re By Joseph the author means Jesus adoptive father Behind the title Brooks Hansen has drafted an infertility and adoption memoir with a voice reminiscent of Paul Reiser than of a man who considers infertility his personal Vietnam After nine or so rounds of failures with IVF he and his wife fly to Siberia to adopt possibly the only perfectly healthy infant ever to come through the Russian orphanage system They meet him and he s delightful though for no outwardly discernible reason they decide not to go through with it They meet another baby the next day at a local hospital in Tomsk The once preemie now sturdy redheaded boy shares his first name with a Russian composer Hansen admires and the couple goes on about the business of adopting himDon t get me wrong I ve done this infertility and adoption thing too And I know that there are all kinds of ways we parents create signs and wonders out of the smallest things we re all looking for the invisible red thread of the Chinese proverb But I guess what I am saying is that Hansen s memoir ultimately fails to make me sympathetic even to his miracles

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Markable account reaches its finale in Siberia however Hansen's 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 bornLiterary grace that has the remarkable power to act as a lens is how the New York Times Book Review has described Hansen's writing and that grace has never been evident than in this remarkable memo I skimmed this one I started to read it but all I could think about while reading is this guy is a pretentious ass so I gave up skimmed It might be of interest to people experience infertility andor adoptings from Russia otherwise give it a pass

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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 another but 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 conceive the years their liv I suspect you won t be able to appreciate the wit and wisdom of this if you have not walked a few miles in these shoes


About the Author: Brooks Hansen

Brooks Hansen is an American novelist screenwriter and illustrator best known for his 1995 book The Chess Garden He has also written one young adult's novel He lives with his family in Carpinteria California He attended Harvard University and was the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005