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  • ISBN: 0060527234
  • Author: Ann Leary
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Specific Groups
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (March 2004)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1789 kb
  • FB2 size 1362 kb
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Ann Leary's book, An Innocent, A Broad, is true page-turner, a fascinating peek into the life of a young family faced with a harrowing experience abroad. The writing is crisp and witty, the story one of deep emotion told with humor and clarity.

Ann Leary's book, An Innocent, A Broad, is true page-turner, a fascinating peek into the life of a young family faced with a harrowing experience abroad. The writing is crisp and witty, the story one of deep emotion told with humor and clarity

When Ann Leary and her husband, then unknown actor-comedian Denis Leary . At once an intimate family memoir, a lively travelogue, and a touching love story, An Innocent, a Broad is utterly engaging and unforgettable. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

When Ann Leary and her husband, then unknown actor-comedian Denis Leary, flew to London in the early nineties for a brief getaway during Ann's second trimester of pregnancy, neither anticipated the adventure that was in store for them. The morning after their arrival, Ann's water broke as they strolled through London's streets. A week later their son, Jack, was born weighing only two pounds, six ounces, and it would be five long months before mother and son could return to the States.

William Morrow) Before I read Leary's book, I was prepared to loathe it. First, it features a celebrity tie-in.

And in Ann Leary's sometimes hilarious, often wrenching memoir, An Innocent, A Broad, she conveys how the premature birth of son Jack in London 14 years ago rocked her emotional foundations forever. Before I read Leary's book, I was prepared to loathe it. First, it features a celebrity tie-in; Ann is married to comic Denis Leary. Second, the topic sounds more like a magazine subject, way too slim for a real book.

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Ann Leary's hilarious, poignant, surprising, and heartfelt memoir, An Innocent, a Broad, is a phenomenon - a fascinating, hugely entertaining chronicle of two simultaneous, unexpected births: of a baby and a major show-business career.

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Innocent, a Broad, An Leary, Ann HarperCollins USA 9780060527242 : Denis Leary’s wife gives us a hilarious and moving memoir of the premature birth of her son and the behind-the-scenes story . When Ann Leary and her husband, then unknown actor-comedian Denis Leary, flew to London in the early nineties for a brief getaway during Ann's second trimester of pregnancy, neither anticipated the adventure that was in store for them.

Leary is one of those rare chroniclers of motherhood able to find the middle ground between sentimentality and science as she records both her joys as well as fears-she was sure the baby would stop breathing if she left his room. Disarmingly frank about her naïveté, she is also touchingly appreciative of the care she received at University College Hospital, which has the best neonatology unit in London.

Ann Leary's hilarious, poignant, surprising, and heartfelt memoir, An Innocent, a Broad, is a phenomenon -- a fascinating, hugely entertaining chronicle of two simultaneous, unexpected births: of a baby and a major show-business career.

When Ann and her husband, then unknown actor-comedian Denis Leary, flew to London in the early nineties, neither anticipated the adventure that was in store for them. Ann, in her second trimester of pregnancy, looked forward to a carefree mini-vacation in England before the onset of motherhood. Denis saw his upcoming appearance on a BBC comedy program as the opportunity he needed to rocket his career forward. Although they had packed for only two nights, it would be five long months before they would be able to return to the United States.

Ann's premature labor began the morning after the couple arrived in London and she suddenly found herself an unwitting yet grateful hostage of Britain's National Health Service -- a stranger in a strange land, abruptly plunged into a world of breast pumps and midwives, blood oxygen levels, mad cow disease, and poll-tax riots. Desperately worried about the health of their tiny, prematurely born son, Jack, Ann struggled to adapt to motherhood and make sense of a very different culture while, simultaneously, Denis found himself an overnight sensation on London's comedy scene.

At once an intimate family memoir, a lively travelogue, a touching love story, an inside look at the entertainment industry, and a side-splitting comedy of errors, Ann Leary's An Innocent, a Broad is an utterly engaging and unforgettable look at the bizarre twists and hairpin turns one can encounter on the road of life -- whether that road winds through a familiar neighborhood or a frustratingly foreign land.

Comments: (7)
Arabella V.
This was an enjoyable and interesting read. Ann Leary, wife of comedian Dennis Leary, recounts several months she spent in London, after she was unexpectedly hospitalized while pregnant with their first child. His premature birth, and long stay in the hospital, coincided with Dennis's rising fame, and it's all quite fascinating. Her voice is witty and smart, and her description of her experience with British healthcare honest and enlightening. She captures the heart-wrenching anxiety of caring for a premature infant, while also managing to stay funny and insightful. While this doesn't quite rise to the level of a 5-star memoir for me, it is a solid read.
Faehn
As a health communications professional who's worked with a company studied by the NHS, I perhaps got a special benefit out of reading this story. It is interesting to view the difference between two health care systems from the point of view of someone who never planned to examine them--and who manages to write about her experiences with wit and verve. Tangentially, it's interesting to learn how Denis Leary's comedy career got off the ground during a frightening, difficult time for he and his wife and their tiny, fragile baby. All that said, it really is a sweetly funny book, too, and Ann knows how to wield the English language (whether with an American accent or a British one)!
Katishi
Read the book on Mother's day. My daughter and I really liked Ann's novel The Good House and wanted to read more of her books. There was no audio version for my daughter so I read it alone. It was what I had expected after reading the samples. I enjoy true stories. I like that she writes honestly and is not afraid to expose herself. It was personal and yet she touched on universal themes. Thought it interesting how we make assumptions about policies in other countries without really knowing what we're even talking about. Lovely way to spend Mother's for me.
Pooker
My wife and I were, in many ways, in the same boat as the Learys - our child was born at 28 weeks, with a variety of health problems, and had to spend 10 weeks in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (the American version of the British SCBU). We were astounded by the parallels between her thought process and ours. Over and over, we read of the exact same thoughts, worries and conversations that we had.
This is a great book for the parents of premature or otherwise complicated babies. Reading this, you'll see that what you're feeling is normal; that your thoughts and your worries are shared by others. As such, it makes good 'therapy,' without being heavy-handed.
Shan
Excellent writing on a most interesting topic; having a very pre-mature baby in a foreign country... in this case England. Dealing with the obvious health issues of the baby; coming to terms with needing to be in London for a long time; the English health care system and the other life issues that come up during the process. Ms Leary has an engaging, witty and very readable writing style. I read this book immediately after her novel, "The Good House," which I highly recommend.
Tto
I've long been a fan of Denis, but have discovered his very talented wife is just as much fun! Her writing captured me emotionally from the beginning and never let go. I'm eager to read more of her work. Denis and Ann may be the most perfectly matched couple in America.
Leceri
What a heartwarming, funny, engrossing novel. I can relate to mother's paranoia because my first child was born full term but gravely ill. It was months before I would permit people near him for fear of exposure to germs. This is an honest, refreshing account of time spent in NICU and the emotions felt by one who has experienced it firsthand. Great read!!!
Ann Leary has written a wonderfully poignant account of the beginning of her life with husband, Denis, and their interlude in London when problems with her pregnancy occurred.

Ann and Denis met when he was teaching a course on Comedic Writing at Emerson College in Boston. He was funny and a great teacher. Soon after the class was finished, they started dating, moved in together and married. Denis was a fledgling comedian,and they had little money but the time seemed right to have a baby. In the fourth month of the pregnancy, Denis was offered a terrific one night job in London at BBC. Off they went, and that is when the fun began.

On their second day in London, Ann 's amniotic sac broke, and she found herself ensconced in the British National Health System. Pure luck brought them to the right hospital with the most expertise in premature births. Frightened and not understanding the system and the various levels of hierarchy, Ann and Denis listened to every word. It is very dangerous to deliver a baby at this early stage, so the plan was bed rest as long as possible before delivery. The care was excellent, and Ann was in a large ward with other women in the same spot. Denis was flying back and forth from the US, he needed to find jobs in the US, and it was difficult. Ann was given the most up to date care, and that is probably why their son, Jack, born at almost 28 weeks, weighing 2 pounds, 6 ounces, was able to breathe on his own. He was kept in the Intensive Care Unit for a month or so and then moved to a step down unit. And, then, Ann and Denis brought him to a rented apt. inLondon for another month before they could go home. There were many ups and downs, but Jack was a trouper and finally they got to o home to the US.

Ann Leary conveys the terror of the experience, the emotional toll, the sense of feeling inadequate as a mother and her profound anxiety about her son's future. She stayed in the U.K. for months until the baby's lungs were strong enough for a flight back home. Leary's son shows no ill effects from his early birth. And Leary cherishes him in a way that only the mother of a preemie could.

This is a book full of humor and anxiety, Ann Leary does a remarkable job in the writing of this tale. A gifted writer, Leary tells stories about her divorced parents, and Denis's large family who were always gracious and loving. In the end, the book is about Leary's gratitude for giving birth in a leading neonatal facility. Most of all, it's about her gratitude for her son's life.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-14-13
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