One Pound, Twelve Ounces: A Preemie Mother's Story of Loss, Hope, and Triumph


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Melissa Harris is a single mother of two children living in Oakland, California, where she was raised. She was on the fast track to being a partner in a mid-size ad agency when she gave birth to her second child, Sam, and the trajectory of her life changed. Melissa is now a work-from-home account manager for two virtual creative agencies in the Bay Area. In her free time, she drives kids from activities to appointments to playdates, volunteers at the neonatal intensive care unit at Alta Bates Hospital where Sam was born, and helps her congresswoman fight for better healthcare for all Americans. She lives in Oakland, California.


"Written with candor, Melissa Harris's memoir One Pound, Twelve Ounces is both harrowing and joyful in covering at-risk pregnancies and the experience of mothering a micro-preemie child."
--Foreword Reviews

"An articulate, poignant, and gritty family account. . ."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Melissa Harris, the author of One Pound, Twelve Ounces, is perhaps one of the strongest women I have ever encountered in my life. Her determination and bravery in showcasing her darkest moments and intense fears deserve to be applauded a million times over. One Pound, Twelve Ounces is the story of a mother's love and desperate desire for her baby to have his best chance at life, even when there was only a 20% chance of hope."
--Readers' Favorite, 5-star review

"One Pound, Twelve Ounces is a gem of a book, filled with suspense, and humor, and heart."
--Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds

"What Melissa went through to become a mother again and what Sam endured in his first year will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful. It's through stories like this that we humanize one another. A must read."
--Aaron Wright, award-winning author of Thirteen Doors