Breath Taking: A Memoir of Family, Dreams, and Broken Genes

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Behrman House Publishing
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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Fein is an author, advocate, speaker, and podcast host. Her podcast, "I Don't Know How You Do It," features people whose lives look unimaginable and who triumph over seemingly impossible challenges. Jessica is a working mother and a relentless warrior in the memory of her dynamic daughter, whom she lost to a rare disease in 2022. Her work encompasses hope and humor, grit and grace - the tools that make up her personal survival kit. She's a seasoned media contributor, with forums including HuffPost, The Mighty, Psychology Today, Zibby Mag, and Kveller. Jessica is a former Boston Globe opinion columnist and the author of a book on making the transition from college to the real world. She balances writing, podcasting, motherhood, and advocacy with her work as a senior marketing executive at a global multi-billion dollar education company. 

Jessica serves on the Board of Directors of MitoAction. She's the mother of three, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala. They live in Framingham, Massachusetts with their quasi-service dog, who trained himself. 



"This story truly matters and people need to hear it. Breath Taking is a remarkable celebration of resilience, and a true testament to strength, love, and survival. It shows us that there's always a path forward even when it's too dark to see. You'll probably laugh and cry, and you'll for sure be inspired." --Victoria Arlen, TV host and Paralympic gold medalist

"A moving, honest, and emotionally powerful story of family dedication, pain, and love. This is a book that is both wrenching and inspiring, all at once." --Tova Miris, author of The Book of Separation

"An epic story of love and resilience." --Kirkland Hamill, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Filthy Beasts

"Jessica throws aside pride and pretense expressing with generous vulnerability the heartbreaks and hopes that come with raising a child with a rare disease. More than an honest and humorous memoir, Breath Taking can be the guide star so many seek when life hands them more than they ever imagined they could endure." --Daniel DeFabio, Co-founder Disorder: The Rare Disease Film Festival, Co-founder The Disorder Channel. Advocate.

"A story of relentless heartbreak met with wit, strength, and resilience, Jessica Fein's memoir reminds us that optimism, perseverance, and ultimately acceptance are the keystones to surviving life's curveballs. When the choices are curling up in the fetal position or facing adversity head-on, Fein has chosen the latter in spades. Her story is the perfect illustration of how we control nothing in life but our actions and attitude." --Jennifer Weisel Bailey, Entertainment Director, ELLE Magazine

"In Breath Taking, Jessica Fein finds the words to convey the deepest truths of being human and then shares them with vivid candor as if over a cup of coffee." --Rabbi Susan Silverman, author of Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World

"Jessica Fein is that rare writer who can defuse sorrow with her sense of humor." --Dan Zevin, Thurber Prize-winning humorist and award-winning humor columnist for The New York Times