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Book Review of The Broken Cord

The Broken Cord
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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."