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Accidentally on Purpose

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Accidentally on Purpose

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
72348
publisher:
Ecco Press
genre:
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it an A-

When Mary F. Pols, a film critic for California’s Contra Costa Times, gets pregnant at 39, her sheer joy tempers all nervousness. ”I’m going to have a family after all,” she tells her best friend in Accidentally on Purpose. But there’s a problem: The father, Matt, is an unemployed 29-year-old whom she ”had spent less than twenty-four hours with, half of them sleeping.” With humor, grace, and some anger, Pols struggles through pregnancy and the dreary months of early infancy, honoring Matt’s wishes to be in their son’s life. Though critical of him, Pols is even harder on herself. It’s rare to find such honesty, even in an account so personal. A-

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