Amy Silverman
is a journalist, wife,
and mother of two beautiful
daughters, Annabelle and Sophie.
Sophie has Down syndrome. 


-- Praise for My Heart Can't Even Believe It --

Amy Silverman tells a story of struggle and triumph, but more than anything else, it’s a story of love. Every parent will be grateful for the chance to join her on her journey and to learn from Amy and her family’s courage and commitment to the possibilities of every life, and to being a game-changer for a more welcoming and inclusive future for all.
— Timothy P. Shriver Ph.D., Chairman, Special Olympics
…a touching and unflinchingly honest memoir…as well as a deeply researched work of clear-eyed journalism.
— The Arizona Republic
…a masterfully told tale that grabs the heart, and makes it believe.
— Phoenix Magazine
Silverman’s journalistic talents shine as she is able to tell an intricate, personal, yet academic story of raising her sweet Sophie.
— Arcadia News
…a love letter to the complicated and extraordinary world of parenting a child with Down syndrome. Amy Silverman manages to write as both a clear-eyed reporter and an unabashed fan of her daughter. I closed the book smiling.
— Quinn Cummings, author of Notes from the Underwire and The Year of Learning Dangerously
Amy Silverman has accomplished something rare: a book about disability that is both fiercely honest and impeccably reported. She blends genetics and medicine with personal narrative to create a portrait of a mother raising a child with Down syndrome that is funny, true, and—most of all—loving.
— Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Executive Director, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
...a funny, blunt new memoir...
— Willamette Week
A refreshingly comedic look at parenting a child with a disability—this book is sorely overdue!
— Eliza Woloson, author of My Friend Isabelle
Silverman’s fierce account of coming to terms with having a child with Down syndrome is at once precise, mordant, and compassionate, and ultimately is exquisitely human. It’s an inspiring account for any parent of a child with significant special needs, and a humbling recalibration for those filled with angst and frustration in far less challenging circumstances.
— Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult
…a real-life falling-in-love story.
— Raising Arizona Kids
…a must-read for anyone who not only plans to endure something hard, but believes that rising above it is their destiny.
— Keith Harris, father of Tim Harris, restaurant owner, social-media icon, and inspirational speaker, who also happens to have an extra 21st chromosome
With stunning bravery and unwavering honesty, award-winning journalist and mother Amy Silverman creates an engaging, surprising, and, at times, shocking memoir that is unparalleled in its research, precision, and enormous helpings of determination….Like the unforgettable Sophie herself, this book will resonate with readers for a long time to come.
— — Laurie Notaro, New York Times best-selling author of The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club, and Autobiography of a Fat Bride

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