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A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss

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Jesse Cooper was an honor-roll student who loved to windsurf and write poetry. He also had severe cerebral palsy and was quadriplegic, unable to speak, and wracked by seizures. He died suddenly at age seventeen.

In fiercely honest, surprisingly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking prose, Jesse’s mother, Marianne Leone, chronicles her transformation by the remarkable life and untimely death of her child. An unforgettable memoir of joy, grief, and triumph, Knowing Jesse unlocks the secret of unconditional love and speaks to all families who strive to do right by their children.

Customer Reviews

Knowing Jesse

Amazing journey! Every special education teacher should be required to read this story.The love and insight and struggles these parents and their son endured are life lessons all of us need to learn from. Viva la Jesse ! And I thank you for having the courage to write this story and share it with all of us.


A captivating portrait of a mother through her son. It shows us how we should be warriors for our children, disabled or not.

Knowing Jesse

I loved this book. I was reluctant to read this because I have someone with special needs very close to me and thought it would be a downer but it was anything but. Been through all the hassles with the powers to be so it was like de ja vu all over again. But it is also funny...yes funny. Ms Leone is an amazing writer and draws you in to the family and especially to lovable Jesse. Read it and enjoy!

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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Sep 07, 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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