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Posted March 3, 2008
Sentimentality can run amok in father-son memoirs, but Jim Wilson's 'Weather Reports from the Autism Front' is a remarkably well-written, honest and insightful narrative that peels back the psychic skin of a loving relationship that just happens to be complicated by the son's autism. Incorporating personal anecdotes--often laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes poignantly sad, but always enlightening--the author blends meticulous, current research with the refreshingly unfettered insight of autistic bloggers, shucking mainstream ideologies of this increasingly analyzed form of neurodiversity. I thoroughly enjoyed this narrative journey that explores the multi-faceted dimensions of living with an autistic loved one. Sam, the author's son, comes to life in these pages. From his fascination with weather and rap music to his chatty socializing with new people and his spontaneous barking in lines at fast-food restaurants, Sam is presented here as the real and complex self that he is, with no apologies or lamentations from his father, who has learned--and who is still learning, in fact--how to cope with the unpredictable 'slippery slope' of raising an autistic child. I highly recommend this book to parents, families and professionals who feel that the existing literature on autism may fall short of the full story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.