Title: No Biking In The House Without a Helmet
Author: Melissa Faye Greene
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Format: Paperback, 354 pages
When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, “among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, gave birth to sixty-nine children in eighteenth-century Russia.”
Greene is best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. But she and her husband have also pursued a more private vocation: parenthood. “We so loved raising our four children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement: a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening. No Biking In The House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty-first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.
I love reading a variety of book genres because you never know what your going to find and with No Biking In The House Without a Helmet by Melissa Faye Greene I struck gold! In this brutally honest and extremely personal memoir she talks about the love she and her husband have for raising their children and the decision to adopt more when feeling the dread of empty nest syndrome. This book is completely open and honest talking about the struggles of adopting and not just adopting (which I’m sure is hard enough) but adopting from another country. It takes special people to be able to do things like that and a special family. Which is exactly what you will find within these pages.
Melissa Faye Greene is an excellent writer using all the emotions you could ever imagine and making you feel them too. I don’t thing think that I have ever read a memoir that has made me cry, laugh or cry from laughing so much. I do recall getting sssh’d several time from my husband when he was trying to sleep.
My only complaint about the entire book is the last chapter. It was written weird. I get the intention but I just got tired of reading it and skipped to the last paragraph. But that is my only complaint.
Overall this book was amazing. Easily in the top 3 memoirs that I have ever read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a heartwarming read that will make you laugh.
For more information about the book visit, www.melissafaygreene.com.
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