I originally read the hard copy and, while I enjoyed it--my life doesn't provide a lot of uninterrupted reading time so my experience with it was somewhat disjointed.
Hearing it read by the author was a joy. It is non-fiction that reads like fiction. This book is engaging for parents and non-parents alike. It left me longing for an opportunity to share a pot of tea with Mr. Solomon to ask all the follow-up questions the text sparked in me. Thank you!
This book was incredibly well researched and written and the content and personal stories were both fascinating and captivating. Unfortunately, the performance by the author made the listening experience painful. His monotone delivery and pretentious annunciations would have been difficult for a standard length book, but trying to get through over 40 hours of this was a challenge. I was torn between wanting to finish the book and cringing at the sound of his voice so much that quitting sounded like a better idea. In the end I preserved and am grateful for the decision. I would suggest reading, as opposed to listening if time allows you to do so.
It says Bill but these reviews are by his wife, me, Debbie. I am into healthy eating and 'truly' loving one another.
Be ready to learn a lot as this book was written by interview after interview with people who are different or parents of children who are different or both. It is not written to be entertaining, at least in my view, it was written to teach and teach me it did, in abundance. Amazing perspectives if you are open-minded enough to put yourself in someone elses shoes as you read and not judge.
The social commentary provided by Andrew Solomon is quite profound. The stories contained came alive and personalized the, sometimes, nebulous social situations contained within society. This is an opus that is ever so helpful, especially for those in the helping professions, but for all of humanity.
Brought clarity to subjects foreign to me. Gender identity, dwarfism, deaf culture to name a few. Soloman's writing is authentic, insightful and artistic. Always a joy.
An intellectual and spiritual journey that was so beautifully wrtien. this book should not only be required reading for policy makers, educators, parents, and doctors; but for anyone who wants to grow as a compassionate and open person.
I experienced great growth as a person, I won't be or see people the same way again, it's been an eye opening experience, in which self acceptance took part and the understanding of love went deeper wider challenging Me to a better self,ñ. thanks Andrew.
I enjoyed the overall book. I liked the many different stories and narratives shared. The author has a talent for descriptive words and phrases.
I would like to have heard more parents perspective in the stories of those not naturally afflicted. Meaning it was a choice of what they were doing and not a result of birth etc.
The author did a great job narrating the story as well.
I have already recommended it to several friends.