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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A frank, funny, inspiring memoir of growing up with developmental and learning disabilities—and famously accomplished parents

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A frank, funny, inspiring memoir of growing up with developmental and learning disabilities—and famously accomplished parents

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:
9781586481896
Publisher:
Perseus Publishing
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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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