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  • By Scott Lorenz
    Dec 9, 2011
    The Story That Never Could Happen But Actually Did Switched At Birth is a very entertaining book about a child switched at birth in a hospital in Australia and tells how both families grew up not knowing the truth until both babies were living separate lives as adults. As I read the book I kept saying “this could never happen” and then would interrupt myself and say “but this did happen!” There are several humorous stories told in this biographical narrative, but also some heart-warming and moving stories. There also are a series of “too good to be true” coincidences that the author weaves into his story. The author, Fred George, was actually born of a Scottish mother but raised by a Lebanese family after the midwife placed baby Fred in the wrong crib. In-between birth and discovery, author George shares a lot of story about boyhood fights, horse tracks, rugby meets and other fascinating subjects. There is plenty to like in Switched At Birth. By Scott Lorenz
  • By Emory Daniels
    Dec 9, 2011
    The Story of a Baby Switched at Birth Without Knowing It for 57 Years Switched At Birth is a compelling biography, interlaced with humor, of a man switched at birth who does not learn his true identity until 57 years after the midwife placed him in the wrong bassinet. While the switch certainly was a tragic event with long term impact on the lives of the two men switched, author Fred George laughs at himself and chuckles with fate and reminds the reader that living in the present is the most important thing any one of us can do. The author was born in New Zealand to a woman of Scottish descent who was raised a Presbyterian. After the midwife placed Fred George in the wrong crib, he ended up being raised a Roman Catholic in a Lebanese family. And he didn’t learn about the switch until.57 years later! It blows my mind to think about the totally different life George would have led if the midwife had never made the mistake that fateful day. And so I am treated to a biography of a boy... More > growing up in a Lebanese neighborhood in New Zealand with a full cast of colorful characters, exciting adventures and intrigue. I learn of a mom who loves Fred enough that she refuses to even consider he might be another’s child and instead steadfastly goes on with the life she has, paying out the cards she has been dealt. Interestingly enough, the author in the conclusion of the book gives the same advice to fostered out or adopted children. Accept who your are, don’t try to be anyone else, play the cards you’ve been dealt, and get on with life. Interspersed with the story lines of growing up Catholic in a Lebanese family, are interesting tales of life in the New Zealand Army, antics at the horse tracks, rugby competitions at local, national and international levels, and the coincidental meeting of Fred George with Jim Churchman, the other baby switched by the midwife. Switched At Birth is an easy read that is hard to forget. by Emory Daniels< Less
  • By Heather Froeschl
    Dec 9, 2011
    Review by Heather Froeschl A memoir with a twist, “Switched at Birth: My Life in Someone Else’s World” by Frederick J. George examines the coincidences of life. Placed in the wrong bassinet in the hospital, Frederick didn’t confirm the switch until he was 57, and the parents he had grown up with were already passed on; his birth mother the only parent left to embrace in this deeply moving time. His father had always been suspicious, even accusing Frederick’s mother of having had an affair. He always looked a little different than his siblings in family photos, and had slightly different interests, but Fred had tried to fit in. Fate also tried, making efforts to step in, crossing the paths of both boys and their families over the years. Fred’s brother was even friends with the switched boy, Jim. Ironic is the word that comes to mind, almost unbelievable is the tale. Fred shares the histories of both of his families and how he came to understand them. He opens up, telling readers of his... More > relationship with his birth mother, as it began so much later than it possibly should have. The writing is reminiscent of the passed down family legend, purely memoir. An interesting book about a twist of fate.< Less
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Product Details

first edition
Frederick George
October 8, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.79 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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