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The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

by Heather Harpham

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Happiness by Heather Harpham
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    Aug 2017, 320 pages

    Nov 2018, 320 pages


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  • MW
    Beautiful Memoir
    This book was absolutely incredible. Considering my 'season' in life (early 30s and having kids), I could easily put myself right in her shoes. Her writing was full of pure and raw emotion which I found incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend this was a definite page-turner and tear jerker. It also gives you a shock to reality and makes you want to enjoy each and every moment with your kids.
  • Pam L. (Melbourne Beach, FL)
    A perfect match
    First of all WOW, what an unputdownable book. Thank you so much for the ARC copy. I was looking for a remarkable read and it showed up in my mail box. Happiness, a memoir by Heather Harpham is life affirming. Her writing is absolutely beautiful and I fell right into the story. It made me sing, cry, laugh and be oh so grateful. This memoir is a must read, so pick it up and take the day off.
  • Diane H. (Leawood, KS)
    Heartwarming Story
    I could not put this book down! This memoir is, at times funny, at times sad, but always captivating.
    Heather Harpham draws the reader into her story and, it is as if you are there with her family during the good times and not so good times. Always I was absorbed by this heartwarming story and finished reading it with tears running down my face.
    Thank you Heather for sharing this story
  • Lisa G. (Wheeling, IL)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it very quickly since i like medical memoirs with a happy ending.which I knew from the title. The author did a good job of sharing her daughter's journey and thoughts as she went through the transplant process as a very young child. This all took place over 10 years ago when embryonic stem cell transplants were just getting started. It was nice to read a "happily after book" for a change.
  • Monica P. (Cleves, OH)
    This book!
    Oh my! This wonderful, scary, profound tale of hope and love! First of all, there is something about the way the author tells the story that kept my attention, but it's the actual story that touched me so deeply. Parental love, partner love, friend's love, it's all here and more. Would I recommend this one? You bet I would! Be prepared to be deeply moved.
  • Barbara G. (Dallas, GA)
    "....the happiness blueprint. But I don't think there is one. We find happiness, if we find it at all, on accident."

    "Happiness" is Heather Harpham's journey through a more than difficult and challenging chapter in her life. Her story is fraught with troubles so overwhelming that it is amazing that she had the strength to work through them and come to where she is.

    The writing style is easy to read and quite lyrical at times. It was hard to get through reading about all the medical issues her child had to face but she did a great job in relating each issue. Not to even mention the man she loved who fathered the baby. At times I really disliked him, but in the end he pulled it together. I enjoyed the book, however had to put it down on occasion because I was so sad!

    I doubt I would have chosen this to read this selection on my own, but I would have missed a very inspirational journey this writer shared with the readers.
  • K Finn
    This memoir was interesting up to a point. Had I been in Heather's situation, I wouldn't have been as forgiving to the father. I also felt like I would have slapped the transplant Doc with the comment they waited longer than they should have. There was no need to plant that recrimination on the parents. The comment would have been even more horrifying if the transplant went south. It was interesting to compare my bone marrow (stem cell) transplant experience 10 years ago at age 49 with a toddler's.

    I was especially pleased the author encouraged everyone to get into the bone marrow bank with a mouth swab. I would have gone one step further and told people to save their babies cord blood and their baby teeth.

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