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  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (350)

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "A Must Read for Parents and Educators"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - this book is celebrates the differences in all of us while depicting the joys and sorrows of having children who create a new normal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mix of personal stories with research about every topic he writes about made this book flow. Many of the personal stories were heartbreaking or made you cringe. Then he would detail the research about the particular topic - then another story. Fantastic.


    What does Andrew Solomon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book is 40 hours of listening. Reading through this book would have required an enormous amount of 'sitting' time. Listening allows the 'reader' to work out, cook, clean, do laundry, etc and makes each activity more enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it made me laugh and cry at various times.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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