Book Reviews of The Broken Cord

The Broken Cord
The Broken Cord
Author: Michael Dorris
ISBN-13: 9780060916824
ISBN-10: 0060916826
Publication Date: 11/21/1990
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
An outstanding read... hard not to read in one sitting, reaches out and pulls you in... regarding fetal alcohol syndrome...
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Helpful Score: 2
This book should be required reading for everyone who cares about reducing poverty or helping children.
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Helpful Score: 2
Really opens your eyes to the effect that alcohol can have on your life and what it does to our children and their health.
Kmarie avatar reviewed The Broken Cord on + 528 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
As an adoptive parent of a child (now young adult) born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I highly recommend this book -- for pregnant mothers, teachers, professionals of all kinds who work with children or teens, and well, just about anyone. Very powerful, and true.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful touching story about a man and his Native American son who has fetal alcohol syndrome. National Book Critics Circle Award Winner.
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Helpful Score: 1
Written by the father of an adopted child with fetal alcohol syndrome.
vegaslilqt avatar reviewed The Broken Cord on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
One of the few books written from the perspective of an adoptive single parent on the issue of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. I'm only 1/2 way thru now but the story is very wordy and can really drag at times. I'm finding it hard to stay focused with the story when the author goes off in MAJOR length about some side story that could have been summed up in a few short sentences. Hopefully it will pick up somewhere thru the middle! Overall if you plan on doing a special needs adoption this book will be of interest since FAS is extremely common out there!
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Winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award
and the 1989 Christopher Award-
Named as a notable book of 1989 by the American Library Association,
Booklist, and Library Journal

Some of the Critics Comments-
NY Times Book Review-
"The Broken Cord should be required reading for all medical professionals and social workers, and especially for pregnant women, and women who contemplate pregnancy, who may be tempted to drink."

Boston Globe-
"A big revolutionary book about integrating science and love...easy to read, hard to take, but not sad, because there's just too much love in it."

Detroit News-
"The deeply moving and fierce story of Michael Dorris' search for answers. Part memoir, part mystery, part love story, polemic, and social and public health story, this is the rare book that focuses attention like a magnifying glass on a hot sunny day. It burns."
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A powerful book about alcohol fetal syndrome