Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

by Ron Suskind

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Overview

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy?A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423180364
Publisher: Kingswell
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)

About the Author

RonSuskind isthe author of four New York Times bestsellers and the criticallyacclaimed, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City tothe Ivy League. His other books include, Confidence Men, The Way of theWorld, The One Percent Doctrine and The Price of Loyalty. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal,where he won the Pulitzer Prize, and is currently the Senior Fellow atHarvard's Center for Ethics. He lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife,Cornelia Kennedy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Growing Backward 1

Chapter 2 Bumping Into Walls 30

Chapter 3 In Character 52

Chapter 4 Musical Chairs 78

Chapter 5 The Protekter of Sidekicks 94

Chapter 6 A Journey Song 120

Chapter 7 Magic Formulas 159

Chapter 8 Luck From Unluck 190

Chapter 9 Blessings, Undisguised 225

Chapter 10 The Movie Gods 252

Chapter 11 To Do it on his Own 287

Chapter 12 The Animated Life 316

Sidekicks 346

Acknowledgments 355

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