Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon

By Kelley Benham French  and  Thomas French
Read by Kelley Benham French  and Thomas French

8.20 Hours 09/13/2016 unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781478915218

  • ISBN: 9781478915188

  • ISBN: 9781478915201

A micropreemie fights for survival in this extraordinary and gorgeously told memoir by her parents, both award-winning journalists. Juniper French was born four months early, at twenty-three weeks gestation. She weighed one pound, four ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest you could see her flickering heart. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love—to save her, or to let her go? Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper’s life, and this is their incredible tale. In one exquisite memoir, the authors explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They probe the bond between a mother and a baby, between a husband and a wife. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now thriving daughter.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016

A People Magazine’s “Great Reads” Selection

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for September 12, 2016

A micropreemie fights for survival in this extraordinary and gorgeously told memoir by her parents, both award-winning journalists.

Juniper French was born four months early, at twenty-three weeks gestation. She weighed one pound, four ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest you could see her flickering heart. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love—to save her, or to let her go?

Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper’s life, and this is their incredible tale. In one exquisite memoir, the authors explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They probe the bond between a mother and a baby, between a husband and a wife. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now thriving daughter.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Beautifully written...it will stay with you long after you finish. Good Housekeeping
An extraordinary memoir. O, the Oprah Magazine
Raw, rough and wrenchingly tender....An almost universal story of love and determination and strength. USA Today
Two skilled journalists collaborate on the most personal of stories: their extremely premature daughter's struggle to survive....A fierce and fact-filled love story with few holds barred. Kirkus Reviews
Riveting. Tampa Bay Times
This book is a tender, fierce and breathtaking miracle. People
[A] mom must-read....Juniper will capture your attention and heart from its difficult beginning to its hard-won happy ending. Parents
A twisting, harrowing, at times painful but powerful memoir, fiercely reported and written with exquisite sensitivity and openness. Dallas News
I probably would have read Juniper in one sitting, but I had to stop because I was crying too hard....The Frenches make their fear, panic and grief real....A well-told, fast-paced and emotionally affecting memoir. Terri Rupar, Washington Post
The Frenches put forth a love story about their daughter, with highs and lows throughout and moments of sheer joy that will keep readers involved until the very last page. This achingly tender memoir is also a roller-coaster....The narrative sparks a need to reassess the meaning of a miracle, and the story will resonate for days after the last word. With sharp prose, honoring the simple and the profound, this book should be in the hands of every parent--indeed, of everyone. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This surprising, enlightening book transcends categories. Heartfelt as a memoir, richly researched as narrative journalism, and as propulsive and literary as a novel, JUNIPER offers the rewards of all great books. It alters and expands your understanding of being human. Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial
“This is what happens when two great writers join together to tell something really worth telling. This book, of a life barely there, breaks your heart on one page, and makes you want to pump your fist in the air just a few paragraphs later. It is an achingly lovely book, all the lovelier because it is true.” Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist
This is what happens when two great writers join together to tell something really worth telling. This book, of a life barely there, breaks your heart on one page, and makes you want to pump your fist in the air just a few paragraphs later. It is an achingly lovely book, all the lovelier because it is true. Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
This tender and ferocious book offers all of the taut, gritty storytelling of the journalists who wrote it--and all of the lovesick hope of the parents they're becoming. I read it cover-to-cover in a single breathless, nail-bitten evening. Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy
Kelley and Thomas French are two of America's best narrative journalists, and here is their most important story yet. JUNIPER is an astonishingly intimate and honest account of a mother, a father, and a complicated baby whose very existence calls into question every easy assumption about what a life means. This is a deeply moving and meaningful book. David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Thank You for Your Service
“Kelley and Thomas French are two of America’s best narrative journalists, and here is their most important story yet. Juniper is an astonishingly intimate and honest account of a mother, a father, and a complicated baby whose very existence calls into question every easy assumption about what a life means. This is a deeply moving and meaningful book.” David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Thank You for Your Service
The Frenches put forth a love story about their daughter, with highs and lows throughout and moments of sheer joy that will keep readers involved until the very last page. This achingly tender memoir is also a roller-coaster....The narrative sparks a need to reassess the meaning of a miracle, and the story will resonate for days after the last word. With sharp prose, honoring the simple and the profound, this book should be in the hands of every parent--indeed, of everyone. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Two skilled journalists collaborate on the most personal of stories: their extremely premature daughter's struggle to survive....A fierce and fact-filled love story with few holds barred. Kirkus Reviews
These two excellent journalists bring their keen eyes to the most personal and wrenching of stories. A powerful book. Tracy Kidder
“This tender and ferocious book offers all of the taut, gritty storytelling of the journalists who wrote it—and all of the lovesick hope of the parents they’re becoming. I read it cover to cover in a single breathless, nail-bitten evening.” Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness
“This surprising, enlightening book transcends categories. Heartfelt as a memoir, richly researched as narrative journalism, and as propulsive and literary as a novel, Juniper offers the rewards of all great books. It alters and expands your understanding of being human.” Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial

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Author

Author Bio: Thomas French

Thomas French was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and many other honors for his writing during his three decades as a reporter at Florida’s St. Petersburg Times. He is the author of Unanswered Cries and South of Heaven and currently holds the Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism at Indiana University. French is also a writing fellow at the Poynter Institute.

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Author Bio: Kelley Benham French

Kelley Benham French is a professor of practice in journalism at Indiana University. A former reporter and editor for the Tampa Bay Times, she was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Never Let Go, a series about Juniper’s survival.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English