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.
This book was a wonderful accompaniment to my ongoing treatment for my post partum depression. It was recommended by my therapist and hearing Brooke's struggle and symptoms was so reassuring!
She is wonderful to listen to and it was wonderful to hear her share her story. It's helped so much with my own recovery.
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.
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