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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,775 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brooke Shields Narrator: Brooke Shields Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter to the world, her joyful expectations were quickly followed by something unexpected—a crippling depression. In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled a condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression.

Ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This disarmingly candid memoir follows Shields as she learns to battle her postpartum depression and describes how she eased this debilitating condition with talk therapy, medication, and reading. This is an informed, personal view of a serious illness affecting ten to twenty percent of new mothers.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “With an utter lack of vanity and a surfeit of clinical detail, Down Came the Rain is a personal story told with candor and grace.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Sometime model and actress Shields takes on the role of author here, wielding her celebrity status to convey a crucial message: that postpartum depression is a serious but treatable condition that can strike any mother. Shields tells her own story to emphasize this point…Highly recommended for all public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Unsparing account of the actress’s experience with acute postpartum anxiety disorder…In addition to her personal story, the author has included solid information about postpartum depression…Shields’s forthright admission of feelings that many similarly afflicted new mothers deny could well spark valuable discussions about ‘this large white elephant sitting in the room that no one was supposed to talk about.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Shields reads her own account, providing a very personal and emotional glimpse into what should have been a joyous time in her life but tragically wasn’t. A seasoned actress used to the spotlight, Shields does a stellar job reading her own words with great depth and feeling, yet her tone portrays the strength she believes she gained through this experience. Beyond becoming a public advocate for education regarding this medical affliction, she honestly recounts her feelings and experiences with warmth and eloquence.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by K Nolfi | 2/3/2014

    " Ugh, this book is dreadful. It's just so badly written. And she really does come off like a big baby. It's weird though, because it's not like she has nothing to complain about but her tone is so distasteful. There's something about her that makes me think that she has no friends and just hangs out with her mom. She was a beautiful girl. Pretty Baby is one of my favorite weird '70s movies maybe cuz I like Keith Carradine. I'm always interested in '70s actors and child actor drama but this book is redundant and crappy and not about her crazy ass modeling and acting experiences, which duh, I knew it wouldn't be but I thought I might get a story or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Munster | 1/26/2014

    " I liked this book, but it started to drag at the end. It was interesting to hear her struggle and what lead her to get help, but at the end of the story, it became "my life is great, blah, blah." Definietley something any new mom or soon to be mom should read though in order to better understand post-partem depression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jayme | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book because I'm doing a paper on PPD for my Psychology class. It was fairly interesting but the end bothered me a bit. It was like her PPD never happened because now Shields is just SO IN LOVE with her daughter. Meh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda Coppage | 1/4/2014

    " Addresses a lot of problems new moms are afraid to talk about or admit. "

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