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Making Lemonade With Ben: The Audacity to Cope

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This award-winning tale of triumphant woe chronicles the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical effects on a family after seven-year-old Ben is found in a coma. Despite Ben's ensuing struggles with myriad disabilities and mental health issues, love wins. Narrated with irrepressible humor by the quirky mom, the story follows sixteen years of trauma and victory, culminat ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published February 22nd 2013 by Createspace
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Elaine Hoffer
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I wanted to understand better Ben and his life. I came away understanding how one child affects the whole family. Katherine is an excellent writer and you could tell she spent a lot of time on this book. Years of notes of all of their ordeals in dealing with Ben's illness. I came away understanding that this was a book she needed to write to help other people understand that they are not alone when dealing with their children's illnesses. At times it seemed a little long ...more
Jane P.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In publishing "Making Lemonade with Ben", Katherine Perreth has revealed her secret as a masterful storyteller, who found her voice in her first book. My only complaint was the story of love and pain was difficult to read ... through wet eyes, tears of both sadness and joy. Building upon her experience as a journalist, Ms. Perreth constructs clear, vivid pictures, and a narrative which tells a story filled with frustration and joy. Ever since Ben was stricken with a brain hemorrhage at age seven ...more
Jan
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've known Katherine since 7th grade and her son Ben was in my son Kyle's class in high school. I never knew she was going through all of this! The book is an honest portrayal of what the family really went through and it is not sugar coated one bit. I highly recommend it! Making Lemonade totally ROCKS!
Susan
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
In addition to dealing with the near death and consequent disabilities of her son, Katherine Perreth gives a very accurate description of what depression is like. The book is a definite tear-jerker as well as a story of struggle and triumph. It takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. The only down side for me was the over use of "doncha know".
Katrina
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, non-fiction
Not my cup of tea. Too preachy.
Jill
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
This true-life story is a gripping affirmation of the human spirit told in a voice that's fresh, candid, and funny. I hung on every word! Absolutely stellar -- I highly recommend it!
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This Wisconsin woman graduated from UW-Madison in 1983 with Social Work and Sociology degrees.

She spent three exceedingly educational years in Nagasaki, Japan. For the last twenty, she's lived with her family in the home she grew up in, just outside Madison.

Katherine is a reporter for her hometown newspaper, administrative assistant, and facilitator of a reminiscence writing class.

She loves Buck
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