Author Kim Stagliano sums up the experience of listening to her own work, All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism, pretty well when she says by way of introduction, "When you finish All I Can Handle I hope you'll have laughed a lot, cried a little."
Stagliano is a big-hearted, good-humored, self-deprecating mother of three autistic girls, and the infinitely wide range of emotions she experiences along her personal and unusual parenting path are voiced with great empathy and affection by actor Nicole Vilencia, who brings a wonderful warmth to this rollercoaster of a memoir about love, above all else, even when the going gets really, really rough.
How one woman raises three autistic daughters, loses one at Disney world, stays married, has sex, bakes gluten-free, goes broke, and keeps her sense of humor.
"Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (Remember her?) Check. What to Expect When You’re Expecting? Check. I had a 700 dollar Bellini crib for God’s sake! Everything was perfect…."
And so begins Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s journey raising three daughters with autism. Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing - her "Kimoir" (as she calls it) is the next must-listen within the autism community and the literary world at large.
©2010 Kim Stagliano (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
This book is about the adventures and struggles of a mother of three autistic girls.
It presents some scientific facts, but it is not a scientific book.
If you have autistic kids or want to know more on what an autistic kid's parent's life is like, read this book. This book is different from the other ones because it is like I am reading from Kim Stagliano's diary itself. The experiences told here are so alive and full of humor and truth, because Kim is able to hook the readers in a witty way, and she tells the stories she and her family have gone through with such a positive view point that you have no choice but to love her. She also describes her married life and how this couple handles their every day situations (let's face it, it is not easy to raise three kids, let alone ones with autism).
So, if you want to laugh and have a real life situation view of life with autism, read this book. You won't regret it.
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