The Road We've Shared Story ClubOver at our Story Club site, we host a virtual book club where participants read books about Down syndrome.

We’re getting ready to start another book and we want your input.

Greater Expectations: Living with Down Syndrome in the 21st Century by Jan GothardThere are four titles up for consideration. Two books are not the regular parent memoir. In  Greater Expectations: Living with Down Syndrome in the 21st Century by Jan Gothard  (March, 2011) the author combines her own experience with more than 60 personal interviews and adds a historical analysis to the mix.  The Politics of Down Syndrome by Kieron Smith (September, 2011) looks at how society sees and experiences disability.  

The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters by Nancy and Amanda BaileyThe North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters shows readers a family’s perspective that is different than what we usually see in memoirs. In it Amanda, who has Down syndrome, is included in the telling of how eight siblings deal with going forward after parents die. 

An Uncomplicated Life: A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter by Paul Daugherty

Finally,  An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter by Paul Daugherty  (March, 2015) is more of your typical parent memoir – written from a father’s perspective. It is available on Scribd and Amazon in print, digital, and audio versions.


While we’ll most likely do each of these titles, we want to know what you’d like to read first. We’re also open to discussions about whether we should stick to strictly written responses to our discussion questions in our closed group or should we try some type of online/video meetings?

We look forward to hearing from you!






4 thoughts on “Story Club: Let’s Read a Book About Down Syndrome

  1. An Uncomplicated Life is AWESOME!! And if the majority of people haven’t already read it —it should be first. But since I have read it my vote is for the North Side of DS—intriguing synopsis!

  2. I have, “The Politics…” & “Greater Expectations…” but haven’t read thru them. I think “The North Side of Down…” sounds interesting also, so that’s my first vote. We use Zoom for our board meetings which allows us to see each other & discuss.

  3. I have my college freshmen read My Heart Can’t Even Believe It by Amy Silverman. I highly recommend it. The potential for interesting discussion is endless.

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