A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures

A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures

by Quinn Bradlee
     
 

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Ten percent of the population is affected by a learning disability, but few of us understand what being learning disabled (LD) is really like. When he was fourteen, Bradlee was diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome (VCFS), a wide-spread, little-understood disorder that is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities. In this

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Ten percent of the population is affected by a learning disability, but few of us understand what being learning disabled (LD) is really like. When he was fourteen, Bradlee was diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome (VCFS), a wide-spread, little-understood disorder that is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities. In this funny, moving, and often irreverent book, Bradlee tells his own inspirational story of growing up as an LD kid—and of doing so as the child of larger-than-life, formidably accomplished parents: long-time Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and bestselling author Sally Quinn. From his difficulties reading social cues, to his cringe-worthy loss of sexual innocence, Bradlee describes the challenges and joys of living “a different life” with disarming candor and humor. By the end of A Different Life he will have become, if not your best friend, one of your favorite people.

Editorial Reviews

In the first entry of his first blog, the author of this memoir introduced himself: "My name is Quinn C. Bradlee and I have been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and VDFS." That unpretentious candor is evident on every page of this memoir. Quinn is the son of former Washington Post executive editor and journalist Sally Quinn, but the worth of A Different Life doesn't reside in its affectionate portrayal of his parents. (The book's title and subtitle, however, are clever plays on his father's memoir A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures.) Quinn's winning honesty, buoyancy, and zest for life make this book a fine choice for readers of other first-person books about disabilities.
Kate Tuttle
Bradlee's book brings a bracing honesty to the tough stuff he's faced, and a sweet enthusiasm toward the things that make him happy, from surfing to his childhood dog. He doesn't sugarcoat how difficult difference can be, but there's no pity here, and no complaint.
—The Washington Post
From the Publisher

Vanity Fair, July 2010
“[H]onest, heartbreaking, and inspiring.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786741403
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author


Quinn Bradlee attended Landmark College, American University, and the New York Film Academy. He has made a series of documentary films about children with learning disabilities and rare genetic syndromes, and recently launched friendsofquinn.com, an online community for LD kids and their families. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Himmelman worked on Bob Woodard’s Maestro and Tim Russert’s Big Russ and Me, and has contributed to a host of other book projects. His work with Woodward and a team of other reporters helped The Washington Post win the Pulitzer Prize for its post-9/11 coverage. He lives in Washington, DC.

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