02 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Contest) Winner is Jenny! That Went Well by Terrell Dougan

Today is my bday (I bought myself a Kindle and a BioBrite clock – expect reviews this month on those!) and time is short so no time for a cute kids video… winner is comment #24 – Jenny! I emailed you…

For those that didn’t win, better luck next time… but go, buy this book. Now. It’s awesome!


“Irene is a very special lady who makes others feel better about lots of things.”
—Kim Peek, the original model for Rain Man

Meet Terrell Dougan’s sister, Irene: a woman in her sixties who still believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny—but who also enjoys playing those characters for the children at the local hospital; whose favorite outfit, which she’ll sneak into whenever Terrell’s back is turned, consists of Mickey Mouse kneesocks and shorts; who wins over the neighborhood kids by hosting two fire trucks at her lemonade stand; whose fridge bears a magnet: NORMAL PEOPLE WORRY ME.

When Irene was born, her parents were advised to institutionalize her. They refused and instead became trailblazers in advocating for the rights of people with mental disabilities. The entire family benefited, with a life rich in stress, sorrows, hilarity, joy, and overwhelming kindness from strangers. Terrell has found that the only way to get through the difficult moments is to laugh—even in the most trying of times. In her moving, funny, and unforgettable memoir about life with Irene, Terrell Dougan shows that love, humor, and compassion are enough to heal us, every single day.


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