Derek Amato's reflections in My Beautiful Disaster provide rare insight into what people with extraordinary gifts see, think, feel and do; pose questions about the potential to tap into previously undetected abilities and spotlight the 'silent epidemic' of head trauma. His experiences also make vivid some the challenges faced by those living with autism and other neurological disorders and hint at the possibility we all have more in common than we think. Readers enchanted by autistic savant, Daniel Tammet's eloquent Born On A Blue Day, will welcome another multi-layered, first person account of what is to live with a remarkable condition. Uniquely, having spent his life as a "neurotypical" Amato's tale relates the before and after of 'the gift'; his voice at times resonating with incredulity at what has happened and what the eventual cost may be.
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About the Author
Derek resides in Colorado with his three children, Alex, Sydney, and Morgan. He is an avid fly fisherman, and advocates for several charitable organizations throughout the country. After suffering a head trauma from a diving accident in 2006, Derek was diagnosed with "acquired musical savant syndrome", and shortly after diagnosed with yet another rare condition referred to as "synesthesia." Derek's sudden ability to play the piano validates the ultimate medical question, "is it in all of us."? Derek Amato's reflections in My Beautiful Disaster provide rare insight into what people with extraordinary gifts see, think, feel and do; pose questions about the potential to tap into previously undetected abilities and spotlight the 'silent epidemic' of head trauma. Amato is an everyman, not a neuroscientist, but his mid-life miracle has the potential to be fundamentally more impactful in terms of the evaluation of the brain's potential than many of the most adroit scientific theories.