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Mary McHugh has had books published on subjects ranging from law to death. Her first book, The Woman Thing (Praeger), was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and remained in print for 5 years. Her other books, published by Franklin Watts, are Law and the New Woman, Psychology and the New Woman, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care, Engineering and Engineering Technology, and Young People Talk About Death. Ms. McHugh has worked at The New York Times for its magazine's special sections, including Sophisticated Traveler and Fashions of the Times. She has also written for the Arts and Leisure section, the Magazine, and the Travel section. Telling Jack, the article that she wrote for the Hers column of The New York Times Magazine, was nominated for best personal essay by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Loving Jack, her Good Housekeeping article, was nominated for an award by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The first edition of Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability was awarded a prize for Special Recognition of a National Project by The Arc of New Jersey. Ms. McHugh was a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan magazine for 10 years, writing articles about successful women and relationships. She has also worked as an articles editor at three other national magazines. Ms. McHugh can be reached at mmchugh655@aol.com.


YA-A look at what it is like to be a sibling of someone with a physical, mental, or emotional disability. McHugh's brother has both cerebral palsy and mental retardation, a fact that has shaped every aspect of her life. In the course of writing this book, she spoke to siblings ranging in age from 6 to 76 years of age who expressed feelings that ran the gamut from compassion to resentment. She writes with painful honesty and includes information about research studies, interviews with experts, and the experiences and stories of many siblings. The book covers important topics such as coping with anger, embarrassment with new friends, and dealing with the long-term care of the disabled sibling. McHugh concludes with a resource section that includes videotapes, newsletters, support groups, and organizations. This title could be of great interest, help, and comfort to readers who are looking for both information and encouragement from people who understand how they might be feeling.-Peggy Bercher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"An informative, even passionate book, one that will clearly help many siblings of individuals with disabilities." --Robert M. Hodapp, Ph.D.

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