January book picks: Day 12 of January's best reads

Jan 12, 2012 at 11:54 a.m. ET

We've tapped Luxury Reading's book lovin' blogger, Vera, to give us the scoop all month long on what books are worth the read. She'll be dishing out daily book picks -- and here's pick twelve.

When Alice Cohen tried to conceive with her then husband, doctor after doctor told her that she was What I Thought I Knew coverinfertile. At age 44, Alice began experiencing a strange array of symptoms that her doctors could not explain. One told her that her bloated abdomen was due to a middle-age loss of muscle, another suggested she was menopausal. Six months later when she was desperate for any diagnosis including cancer, Alice found out that she was actually pregnant.

What I Thought I Knew is Alice Cohen's brutally honest, no holds barred account of her experience with an unexpected high-risk pregnancy. A slim book that can (and was) finished in one sitting, What I Thought I Knew had me alternating between laughter and horror at the graphic descriptions of Alice's labor. Keep in mind, I've never gone through labor myself! I loved the feeling of intimacy that Alice created for me as a reader and the fact that she spared no details, even if those details cast her in a less than flattering light.

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