An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability.
Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition.
In this moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prizewinning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act—life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer—reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.
©2011 Philip Schultz (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Touching…Schultz paints a precise and compelling picture of how his brain works, how he sees himself, and how he thinks others have seen him throughout his life…From its impact on family members, to difficulties in school that may or may not be resolved with diagnosis, to its effect on social interactions and relationships, Schultz describes how dyslexia touches all areas of life. His affecting prose will inspire compassion and leave readers with an understanding not only of dyslexia but of the lifelong challenges that someone with disabilities may face.” (Publishers Weekly)
I found this easy to listen to. I gave it to a friend who grew up dealing with the same issues in Australia. He identified with many parts of the story. He also observed that some of the authors experiences were more to do with being an immigrant in a tough era in a tough part of town! It is a story of triumph and persistence.
Didn't read it only listened.
No, but it was very introspective for my student and myself.
Might not be appropriate until a student is in middle school due to some life circumstances of the author. Great biography of a writer's struggle with dyslexia. Highly recommend.
I grew up knowing that I was somehow dumber than everybody else and had to work ten times harder to keep up. About 15 years ago I found out I was dyslexic. Only very recently I started to read about dyslexia because my son is suffering from some of the same issues I went through. This book was on my list and I could not have asked for a better book. The story is outstanding, the performance is great and it touches on many of the most important points I would want to make. It is not about the science, it is about the human. Thank you so much for this story.
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