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Title:
An uncomplicated life : a father's memoir of his exceptional daughter
Author:
Daugherty, Paul, 1957- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
viii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
A father of a daughter with Down syndrome examines her "mischievous childhood and moves to her early adulthood, tracing her journey to find happiness and purpose in her adult life, sharing ... anecdotes as well as stories about her inspiring triumphs. Having graduated from high school and college, Jillian now works to support herself, and has met the love of her life and her husband-to-be, Ryan"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062359940
Format :
Book

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A father's exhilarating and funny love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach all of us about how we can better live our own.

Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome. The day they brought her home from the hospital, her parents, Paul and Kerry, were flooded with worry and uncertainty, but also overwhelming love, which they channeled to "the job of building the better Jillian." While their daughter had special needs, they refused to allow her to grow up needy--"Expect, Don't Accept" became their mantra. Little did they know how ready Jillian was to meet their challenge.

Paul tells stories from Jillian's mischievous childhood and moves to her early adulthood, tracing her journey to find happiness and purpose in her adult life, sharing endearing anecdotes as well as stories about her inspiring triumphs. Having graduated from high school and college, Jillian now works to support herself, and has met the love of her life and her husband-to-be, Ryan.

In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. The day Jillian was born, Paul says, was the last bad day. As he lovingly writes, "Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions"--a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.


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Booklist Review

It's easy to cheer for sportswriter Daugherty, who writes affectingly about life with his exceptional daughter, Jillian, born with Down syndrome. He doesn't sugarcoat it. Being in regular-ed classrooms didn't ensure a regular childhood, he writes. He and his wife are fierce advocates for Jillian, and they succeeded in taking on school administrators to secure better services for their daughter. He also helps Jillian land a job with the Northern Kentucky University basketball team, filling water bottles at practice, mopping the basketball floor, and passing out fresh towels to sweaty players. (I love my team, she says.) Jillian gets a happy ending: a love-at-first-sight boyfriend who will soon become her husband. They get the big things right: whom they love and who loves them, writes Daugherty. He also raises some big-picture questions about parents' desire for perfect kids. Jillian is closer to perfect than anyone I've known, he says. This feel-good memoir will appeal to all parents of children with special needs.--Springen, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Praying Out Loudp. 10
2 Paul and Kerryp. 24
3 Kerryp. 41
4 Therapyp. 50
5 Dying to Breathep. 61
6 Kellyp. 75
7 The First Angelp. 83
8 Jillianp. 91
9 Nancyp. 104
10 The Battleground of Dreamsp. 119
11 Homeworkp. 131
12 The Coffee Songp. 145
13 The Two-Wheelerp. 156
14 Sometimesp. 167
15 Cymbidium Orchids Under the Porch Lightp. 177
16 Kellyp. 192
17 An Appropriate Educationp. 206
18 Belongingp. 219
19 Jillian and Ryanp. 225
20 I Hope You Dancep. 239
21 Missy and Tommyp. 252
22 Collegep. 261
23 In the Swingp. 267
24 Sometimes, We Drovep. 280
25 Dave Bezoldp. 286
26 The Teamp. 294
27 Jillian Turns 21p. 307
28 Testingp. 313
29 In Love and Moving Outp. 323
30 One More Drivep. 335
31 Vanuatup. 340
32 Moving Dayp. 352
33 Number 47p. 358
34 A Dreamp. 363
Epilogue Jillian and Ryan Get Engagedp. 366
Acknowledgmentsp. 373