Magdalena and Nathaniel Newman

For Magda Newman, normal was a goal—she wanted her son, Nathaniel, to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments of childhood that are often taken for granted. But Nathaniel’s severe Treacher Collins syndrome—a craniofacial condition—meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly?

In this moving memoir, Newman, with the help of her son, tells the story of raising Nathaniel, from the shock she and her husband faced when he was born, to the inspiration of Nathaniel’s own strength and quirky humor. All this while also facing both non-Hodgkins and Hodgkins lymphoma diagnoses of her own. This uplifting story of a family tackling complex and terrifying circumstances with love and resilience is a true testament to Magda and her family, and to families everywhere who quietly but courageously persist.

Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781328593122
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 14th, 2020

Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328631831
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020