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Rachel in the World: A Memoir

Rachel in the World: A Memoir
Author: Jane Bernstein
ISBN 13: 9780252076824
ISBN 10: 252076826
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 2010-01-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
List Price: $16.95

A mother’s attempt to know the heart and mind of a daughter with mental retardation

The Washington Post - Juliet Wittman

Bernstein details the agonizing process of finding a home and occupation for Rachel. The book makes it clear that we, as a society, are not set up to help people like her or their families, particularly as money for social services continues to dwindle. But what gives the book its strength is Bernstein's ability to write as expressively about the times when she herself was nearing madness as about her deep love for her daughter.