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From the PublisherOliver Sacks author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Valerie Paradiz has written a moving and eloquent chronicle of the diagnosis of her son, Elijah, with Asperger's syndrome and their journey together into the world of high-functioning autism. Her book is an important addition to the literature of autism, full of beautifully observed moments.
Gail Godwin Valerie Paradiz's appealing narrative of day-to-day living with her autistic son held me from start to finish. It brims with insights, especially those stressing the importance of "dismantling our fear" of other ways of perceiving. Very timely and resonant.
Maria Asperger Child Psychiatrist Sixty years ago, my father, the Austrian pediatrician, Hans Asperger, revealed the appealing and often overlooked qualities of these unusual children. He also showed how we even find some resonance of their difficult traits within ourselves. Now it's time for us to hear more directly the voice of autistic people and that of their parents. Valerie Paradiz has given us a precious gift of a book, full of her own experiences with her son.
Donna Williams author of Nobody Nowhere Valerie Paradiz has written an honest, artistic, and very human account of the impact of this exceptional and controversial social-political movement on her life and that of her colorful son, Elijah. She captures how this sometimes mind-blowing social adventure in a world rarely visited by most people expanded their lives and helped shape a different place of belonging within the world.