I did not read the print version but I did quite enjoy the audio version. It was set up well for an audio book.
Mr Solomon's performance was great. I loved it.
Very long book, so had to be listened to over a couple weeks.
I was sad when the book ended; I wanted to keep learning.
I was very excited to listen to this book as the topics and interviews sounded fascinating. It has a lot of wonderful content, but it seems to drag on quite a bit. It may seem this way on audio, if not when read, but each chapter seems to wander and not feel well organized. I also do not enjoy the author's voice and with such a long book this is particularly frustrating. As excited as I was to get this book, I find it so difficult to listen to that I've only gotten about one third of the way through and have gone ahead and bought another audio book to listen to on my commute. I hope I'll be able to finish Far from the Tree in small chunks.
Not unless it was abridged.
Nothing. He is a researcher and author but not an actor.
I haven't finished it. It is great information but too many unnecessary details.
This book has changed how I view people, including myself, for the better. With extraordinary empathy and respect, Solomon tells the stories of parents who raise children who are significantly different from themselves. He illuminates the complex challenges faced by both parents and children and describes how people from all walks of life address those challenges, including both successful and less successful outcomes. Differences include Down Syndrome, Dwarfism, children of rape, Deafness, Autism, transgender children, Schizophrenia, precocious children, criminal children, profound disability (I may have forgotten one or two).
This is a LONG book (6 downloads), yet I could not put it down - I kept looking for opportunities to keep listening. I am now grieving the end of the book. Solomon reads the book himself, and the respect and empathy shines through in his telling.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a parent, works with disabled people, or was ever a child.....
Solomon has done an incredible job in focusing and illustrating how families stay healthy for all their members. His writing is excellent and he was, surprising to me, the perce t reader for the book. I read the entire book in a week. Amazing and wonderful.
Each of the families he interviews and described.
Excellent. Not one false note.
This book should get a Pulitzer.
This is definitely the best nonfiction book I read in 2012. The chapters that dealt with individuals in groups I was familiar with, sometimes even close to, were so disturbingly true, that they were painful to listen to. But because those chapters were so true and so real, I felt the chapters on other "different" types of individuals--ones I have not known--were probably very accurate as well. Solomon did a fabulous job reading this book with its many quotations from individuals he personally interviewed. I do not believe a reader other than Solomon would have been able to deliver these powerful and at times heartbreaking words with as much veracity as he did.
This book is a tour de force. It was a long read, but at the end I felt it was worth every minute I spent with it. I learned a great deal, and I had much of what I have known in my life confirmed. It renewed my sense of the complexity of deep human experience, both positive and negative, in the lives of ordinary people.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book. I reads one book a week due to Audible.
Far from the Tree (FFTT) is a structured summary of selected childhood disabilities and challenging behaviors. The science and personal family stories associated with these disabilities/challenges are expertly woven together by the author and narrator, Andrew Solomon. The strengths of FFTT are the insights and revelations made by author when documenting the affected family’s thoughts/feelings relative to caring for an atypical child. Some of the disabilities/challenges Solomon takes on include Deafness, Autism, Dwarfs, Prodigies, Children born of Rape, and Transgender. Solomon breaks down each chapter according to a single disability and gives the reader/listener a complete analysis of the subject.What makes FFTT different from any other books on disabilities/challenges is Solomon provides such an expansive view of the subject. He provides both the science and family affect. For example, in the chapter of Autism there are discussions of the behavioral symptoms, early indicators, parental response to the diagnosis, parental adjustment to the diagnosis, physiological explanations (brain), treatment options, interactions with schools, early intervention, and descriptions of the day to day existence of caring for a child with special needs. Instead of writing a paragraph on each subject, Solomon blends the information together to create a compelling and realistic picture of the experiences encountered by the families. It is this blending process that makes FFTT deeply personal and realistic. The reader is not simply spoon fed a list of facts, but provided facts in relation to how family’s deal and respond to a particular challenge. What will readers get out of FFTT? Readers will learn how families cope and respond to having an atypical child. Readers will learn about the science various disabilities and behavioral challenges of atypical children. Readers will admire how many of these affected families pull themselves out of the shock of having an atypical child and become great parents.
I am a retired Histology Technician. My time is spent caring for my grandchildren, my dog, cat, and blue & gold macaw.
As a rule I have found books narrated by their author a dismal failure, but, with his deep, easy to understand reading, Mr. Solomon did a wonderful job in bringing his book life. I gave five stars to his " Performance ".
In a series of interviews with the parents and often the " different " children themselves, we are given an inside view of the hardships and the joys of the bearing and rearing of children that are different , often in very profound ways, from their parents, their siblings and society's accepted norm.
By quoting the parents we hear the honest, compassionate, fearful, optimistic, angry and questioning voices of mothers and fathers as they review their lives since becoming the parents of disabled children. The child's disability can be profound and clearly visible to the outside world or almost undetectable on casual observation. But, no matter the situation the child and the parents have often been ignored and pushed aside by the medical professionals they seek help from and have had to forge their own paths to help their child.
Mr. Solomon shows great sensitivity while exposing the wounds caused prejudice and fear and does this without undo attention to the negative. I was often impressed by his bringing to light the love, devotion and blessings brought about by the presence of these children. I am a great believer in the sanctity of life and the fact that those in need of our care are here not only for their soul's benefit but also for the soul's benefit and blessing of those that serve and care for them. I also hold that the presence of these children effects a family for many generations.
This book kept my interest and, as a parent myself, tugged at my heart strings.
I gave four stars to the book overall because it seemed to end without an end. I did not expect a profound resolution to any of the difficulties presented or any happy ever after tales of love conquering all, but, somehow, and I really don't know how to explain how, the book just seemed to 'peter out'. However, it is a book I will listen to again knowing I will enjoy the presentation and learn much from the content. It is worth one's time.
The narrator is also the author. His tone is kind of annoying.
I enjoyed the stories, but less so the author's dissection of them.
Meh. Meh. Meh.
I skipped over parts, so I guess not.
Interesting but a bit too lengthy.