A Down Syndrome Book Bathed in Love

Alt-weekly managing editor Amy Silverman's side project was released last month.

MyHeartCantEvenBelieveItCoverThe reviews have been uniformly ecstatic for My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Love, Science and Down Syndrome. Written by veteran journalist Amy Silverman, currently the managing editor of alt-weekly the Phoenix New Times, the memoir is all about the challenges of raising a daughter born with the disability.

Ahead of a book signing event Friday in Tucson, Patty Machelor of the Arizona Daily Star shared this fascinating tidbit about the origins of the book’s title:

The title is a partial quote of [daughter] Sophie’s, a proclamation of love she made to her mother a few years back as Silverman was about to board a plane for New York City. In a flurry of selfies and little videos, this hit Silverman hard: “I love you so much my heart can’t even believe it.”

“I had been struggling for a long time to come up with a name for the project I had been working on,” she said.

Silverman hopes the book starts conversations about many things, not just Down syndrome, but also about inclusion, parenting, families and schools.

The Amazon reader reviews for Silverman’s book, all of which at press time are rated five stars, include several from mothers who can directly relate. Here is, for example, part of Katrina Hagen’s comment:

In my wildest dreams, did I ever think I would find a book about Down syndrome that I could recommend to all of the three main categories of people I put into groups in my mind? The first category is the group of people that know and/or love me and my 17-year-old son Drake (who happens to have Down syndrome). This group (in my thought process) is a shoe-in. The second group are other people who know or love someone with Down syndrome but not necessarily my son Drake – I really think they will like this book. The third group are the people out in society who don’t really know anyone with a disability, including – but not limited to – Down syndrome, Drake, or me… the lay people! I think they would like this book and even benefit from it!!

Jacket cover courtesy: Woodbine House