Thursday, May 27, 2010

THREE WISHES: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THREE WISHES

A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak,
and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood
BY CAREY GOLDBERG, BETH JONES,
AND PAMELA FERDINAND

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Carey, Beth, and Pam had succeeded at work but failed at romance, and each resolved to have a baby before time ran out. Just one problem: no men. Carey took the first bold step towards single motherhood, searching anonymous donor banks until she found the perfect match. What she found was not a father in a vial, but a sort of magic potion. She met a man, fell in love, and got pregnant the old-fashioned way. She passed the vials to Beth, and it happened again. Beth met man, Beth got pregnant. Beth passed the vials to Pam, and the magic struck again. There were setbacks and disappointments, but three women became three families, reveling in the shared joy of love, friendship, and never losing hope.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

CAREY GOLDBERG grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and decided in tenth grade that someday, she wanted to be a foreign correspondent in Moscow. She went to Yale and Harvard and eventually lived out her dream for six years, covering the collapse of the Soviet Union for the Associated Press and then The Los Angeles Times. In 1995, she came home to work for The New York Times and to “get a life.” She quickly rose to be Boston bureau chief of the Times but discovered that a life can be hard to get. When she turned 39, still unwed, she decided to become a single mother, and launched the chain of events described in this book. With the help of a year-long fellowship at MIT, she made the transition from general reporting to science journalism, and worked as a part-time health and science reporter at The Boston Globe for several years, covering brains and other organs. The Globe laid her off amid a sweeping cut of part-timers in early 2009, and she now happily writes books at home in the Brookline, Mass. house that she shares with her family.

BETH JONES: From an early age, Beth Jones wanted to be a writer. She would buy blank books and fill them with her own stories. A rebel by age 13, she preferred to write than go to school. She was a student at Bennington College during the 1980s literary heyday with Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, Jill Eisenstadt, and Jonathan Lethem. After college, she hopped between jobs, moved to Europe with a boyfriend to try the expatriate lifestyle, and, when she returned, was admitted to Boston University’s graduate creative writing program. She’s been in Boston ever since, and is finally fulfilling her life’s ambition of publishing a book.

Jones is a freelance writer and educator. She has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and various magazines and websites. She taught writing and literature at Boston University, Emerson College, and in several Massachusetts prisons. She spent seven years running The Education Initiative, a school based behavioral medicine program, under the auspices of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. She taught stress resiliency skills to educators and students from pre-school through college, primarily at inner city schools in Los Angeles, Boston, and Newark, NJ. In addition, she is an occasional contributor to National Public Radio. She lives outside Boston, with her husband and son.

PAMELA FERDINAND: An award-winning journalist for major U.S. newspapers—including The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and Washington Post—for more than a decade, Pamela covered breaking news from Hurricane Andrew and the crash of TWA Flight 800 to the Roman Catholic church crisis and New England’s connections to the September 11 terrorism attacks. She served as the Washington Post’s New England correspondent in Boston for six years and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003-2004.

She has written on a wide range of topics for magazines and Web sites such as The Economist, Boston, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and National Geographic News, among others, and she has been an associate producer for WBUR-FM in Boston and an adjunct journalism professor at Boston University. She also has enjoyed writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Dorset Colony House in Vermont.

A lifelong romantic, she assumed she would meet her soulmate along the way, fall in love, and have children. Nearing 40, she realized that assumption might be wrong and prepared for single motherhood with anonymous donor sperm given to her by “Three Wishes” co-author Beth Jones. (Beth received it from co-author Carey Goldberg.) No sooner had she accepted the vials, then Pam encountered luck and love in unexpected ways. She lives in Chicago with her family and 19-year-old cat, Clementine, and remains a writer and journalist. Only a much happier one than ever before.

REVIEW:

Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and Pamela Ferdinand are real life friends who together wrote the memoir-type story called THREE WISHES. This might be a fairy tale except for the fact that it is all true. As these three women were approaching 40 and single, they all were aware of their biological clocks and even more, how much they wanted to have a child. In THREE WISHES each of these three women takes a journey that includes having a child before it is too late and along the way, finding true love.

Their story of how they made their wishes come true to have a child can only be described as remarkable. From one friend to another, the gift of life was literally passed on and with it, twists and turns they never would have expected. I almost didn’t believe this could be a true story. The women are very candid as they share their personal lives in THREE WISHES. I found myself laughing at times at their humor and also crying with them at their despair. I think they are very brave in many ways especially with some of the lifelong difficult choices they had to make. The way that Carey, Beth, and Pam all become mothers is a story you have to read to believe. I can only hope their will be a sequel!

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104 comments:

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It sounds like a great story of true friendship, and a good friend will do for you.
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Renee said...

I love that the women were able to find true love and have babies the way God intended

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From the review about the book I gathered that there is something in the frame of the book that just grabs the reader and wants them to see what happens in the lives of the characters.

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Pamela Keener said...

I love the premise of the book in that wishes can come true.
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Colleen Turner said...

What isn't amazing about this story? I saw these women on the Today show, and watching them explain this astonishing story was remarkable. For all three women to not only have each other to lean on when having trouble, but to also share this "magic vial" that seemed to bring them love and babies without even using it...I don't know what else to call it but a miracle.
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Shannon said...

It's amazing that these three women got pregnant around 40-ish. I know a lot of women who aren't anywhere near 40 and are having trouble.

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Rebecca O said...

I thought it was interesting that Carey decided to become a single mom!!
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Virginia said...

This sounds like a wonderful read and I would love to read it!

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Sounds like a heartwarming, tear-jerker and that is my favorite type of snuggle up in bed book!
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Christine H said...

The Author's have had amazing lives, Each one of them aspired to do and be a lot in their lifetime. Make my life look way less prductive. I say congrats on getting to do everything you dreamt of.

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Shirley said...

My daughter could really relate to this book coming close to 40 with no children and not knowing if it will happen. I think she'll enjoy this book.

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StephTheBookworm said...

I saw this one on Goodreads and thought it seemed like a lovely and intriguing story of friends, family and love.

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Linda Kish said...

These sound like wonderful women. I would love to read about their journey to motherhood.

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Charleydog said...

It's so nice when friendship extends over many years, through many hurdles.

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Bethie said...

I find the story of friendship very interesting. Also the idea of have a baby with an donor. I don't know anyone who has done that.

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Angie said...

Somehow on the front of the book I missed the words true story, so I was shocked in your review to find out it was! It does sound like a fairy tale, but now I must read it.

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iola said...

Sounds like a great read and if I don't win it, I am destined to buy it. Thanks for the review.

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DarcyO said...

Wow, a magic vial. Too bad everyone doesn't have one. I would love to read their story.

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Arch said...

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Debbie F said...

its hard to believe that this is a true story. I would love to read this as I love books about friends. And have you noticed that most books have 3 friends? Not 2, not 4 always 3. Weird.

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christina said...

I'm coming up on my 40's too, Not as close as my dearest friend but I'm thankful I have one son and I really don't eant anymore. but I'd like to read their journey.

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Christine H said...

I found it interesting I too am nearing 40 now and have no kids. I think I've excepted it though. I'd like to hear what these friends have to say about their 40's

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Amy said...

I think the friendship these women have is wonderful and remarkable. Many women are successful in their professional lives or their family life but not as many are fully and completewly successful in both. What I f=consider wonderful here is that these 3 women define success differently so that when they get to their 40's and aren't married or don't have children, they set about "having" children and support each other in their quest. A lot of women's friendships don't run quite this deep or strong and many women are afraid to choose to be a single mom.
These women are truly inspiring and I cannot wait to read their story!

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I like that the book focuses on women having kids close to 40, as i may end up in that situation one of these days;-0
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What an amazing true story. I wonder if it's psychosomatic that they all were able to get pregnant as they were considering other options.

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