In what will strike a chord with millions of women, Brooke Shields openly shares the story of how she battled a condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects one in ten new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her own life, including her struggle to get pregnant; the high expectations she had for herself and that society as well as others placed on her as a new mom; and the roles her husband, friends, and family played as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of severe postpartum depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.
Brooke has grown up in the public eye, but this is the story of what happened to the private woman, the one the world hasn't seen before. With intelligence, humor, and startling honesty, Brooke speaks directly to the listener, making us feel close to her experience, her pain, and her ultimate triumph.
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I have grown up watching Brooke Shields. We are about the same age and I can say that I have never really thought about her one way or another except that she was beautiful and probably vacuous. I bought this book reluctantly because my husband and I are trying to have a baby and I was reading everything I could find from science to moral support. Let me say that I was floored by her honesty and comforted by her courage. I can now say unequivocally that I am a fan of Brooke Shields. Her storytelling kept my attention from start to finish and the sound of her voice is a pleasure to listen to. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I would give it 6 stars if I could. The only thing that would make it better is if it were unabridged.
Brooke Shields' honesty and unwavering self-examination is remarkable. The struggle she describes is as courageous as her willingness to share her experiences with the people she has come into contact with and with her readers. Her tale will resonant with the countless women who have experienced postpartum depression, as well as those who struggle to become pregnant... for many it will become a favorite and a comfort.
It was not, however, anywhere near the quality work I'd expected. Ms. Shields' narrative fell into repeated very-very-very long descriptions of her dark feelings: when they first occurred they were described at length; when they resurfaced, they were again described and compared with the first description; later, to elaborate on her memory of those feelings at a different point of her life, she fully described them again; and, finally, she described them again when she wanted to remind the listener why her emerging insight was important. I thoroughly believe feelings need to be validated and understand why Ms. Shields felt the need to turn her feelings over and over in the process of examining them, but, frankly, the text (and her voice as narrator) got whiney.
Bottomline: My review is mixed. Ms. Shields has made very significant personal progress and this courageous book will encourage countless others to fight back again postpartum depression and other demons. But, although this book is a powerfully poignant journal - it is not a brilliant memoir nor even a well written commentary.
Brooke Shields does remarkable job at recounting her days dealing with post partum depression. This book was interesting and helped me deal with my own demons.
I believe it took incredible courage on her part to delve into the darkness and come out on the other side, an author, helping countless other women.
This story is compelling and inspiring.
She writes from the persepctive of a self-centered brat. I wanted to like this book so badly. The more she spoke, the angrier I became at her. The only parts of this book that would be relatable to the masses are what it's like to feel sad and overwhelmed after bringing your new baby home from the hospital. Otherwise, her fantasy job (acting and bringing her baby along with her on TV and movie sets) along with her live-in nanny made it tough to empathize with Ms. Shields. Its saccharin ending made me wonder if she has truly recovered. I wish her and her daughter all the best. It will be interesting to hear how her daughter turns out in about 15 years. I would imagine it will be a tough book for her to read.
Brooke does a great job of narrating the book and is very open about her struggle with PPD. I have one child and thankfully did not struggle w/PPD. It did give me a new understanding/respect for women that suffer through this.
What left me lacking is how unpersonable or the lack of detail that Brooke had about anything else in her life. This book is ONLY about her PPD. This is not a full tell-all autobiography.
If you had had a depression (it does not have to be a postpartum one) you can relate very easy to what the author describes and even though is very difficult to ask for help when you have it, there are a few anecdotes that can help you identified you need help. It is not a scientific discussion of a depression, but it is the day to day that I think is the most difficult one.
I learned a lot and I'm glad Brooke wrote this book to get the word out. She opens up to a very sensitive subject in her life and walks you through every moment, how she was feeling at the time, and how it affected those around her. I think only the abridged version of this book is available on audio and for once I'm glad about that. Her thoughts were very repetative as she tried to get her point across in this version so I imagine I would think the unabridged version drags on. I'm currently 6 months pregnant and feel a little more prepared for the reality that having an infant brings (depression or not). I would recommend this short listen to anybody that is having, just had, or knows somebody that has recently had a baby.
Brooke Shields gives such honest detail and this book helped me so much to cope with my own situation.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I'm not particularly familiar with Brooke's work and have never been a particular fan of hers. But as someone who might possibly have actual children in his future someday instead of just the furry variety, it seemed like a good idea to read up on this very real and, as far as I'm concerned, horribly misunderstood issue. Problem was that I've never been a fan of clinical medical texts, and the thought of listening to those in audio form, even more than attempting to read them in braille, which being blind is the only other way I read, is enough to make me cringe. I have a hard enough time reading for pleasure in braille, which is why I don't if I can help it.
All that aside, I found that Audible had Brooke's memoir, read by the lady of the hour herself. I remember reading about how she'd suffered from severe Postpartum Depression after the birth of her first daughter and so I decided to read her account of it. Quite apart from the fact that I think she just has a very pleasant voice that's well designed, for lack of a better term, for narrating audiobooks, the story itself was very interesting and, despite the seriousness of the subject matter, not without its fair share of humor. Telling her story fully necessarily involves detailing her difficulty in getting pregnant, not to mention the miscarriage resulting from her first successful pregnancy. She then details her next pregnancy, the difficult labor and then goes on to describe the feelings of fear and hopelessness that quickly overcame her. I was skeptical at first but I soon couldn't put the player down for long. I'm often skeptical about authors narrating their own works since some just don't have the voice for it. But Brooke, as I said, just has a very pleasant voice to listen to. And at least I'll have some idea of what to watch for if I ever get married and have children.
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