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Moonrise: One Family, Genetic Identity, and Muscular Dystrophy

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In this riveting and thought-provoking memoir about her family, her son Ansel, and his progressive disability, Penny Wolfson embarks on a quest that explores special education, giftedness, prenatal testing, and the genes she shares with her mother, sisters, and son. While Moonrise is an eloquent narrative of one family, it also asks profound questions about our genetic sel ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 26th 2003)
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Katherine Friedl
Moonrise is a memoir written by, Penny Wolfson, a mother of three. Wolfson writes about her family, primarily her oldest son, Ansel, who was diagnosed with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy at age three. After an uneventful pregnancy, Wolfson describes how her first child began to change her life. People in the grocery store regularly commented on young Ansel’s beauty and intelligence, but when Ansel’s preschool called Wolfson and her husband into a teacher’s conference to discuss his frequent falls ...more
Cindy
Apr 21, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Themes: family, raising children with special needs, genes, destiny

I'm being a little picky with the rating here, but I think I'll leave it.

Penny and her husband Joe were enchanted with their little baby boy. Despite a lot of ambivalence about being a mom, she fell fast in love with this adorable child. It wasn't until he started preschool that his teachers started to notice a few odd little things. He has a strange walk. His vocabulary was great for his age, but he had some odd grammatical tics
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Johna Van
This is a book about one family's experience with Muscular Dystrophy. Wolfson combined a personal memoir about the impact of Muscular Dystrophy on a family with an informative portrait of the disease itself, including the history an th gnetic reserch currnty being done. Ansel and his mom are two of the brvest people I have ever heard of. Their courage and heart is extraordinary.
Maria Vargason
Jul 26, 2011 Maria Vargason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was super hard to read! It wasn't that it was a "hard" book--it was the content. The subject matter is sooooo close to home that it was a little hard to bear. If you know anyone that has a child with muscular dystrophy this is the book for them to read.
Eric
Apr 18, 2009 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for a class. Good info about muscular dystrophy and what a mother and family go through when a child is diagnosed.
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