Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

by John Schwartz
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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality by John Schwartz

A heartfelt memoir by the father of a gay teen, and an eye-opening story for families who hope to bring up well-adjusted gay adults.

Four years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his thirteen-year-old son, Joe, had tried to commit suicide. Hours before, he had come out to his classmates— and was met by dismay and confusion. After school he took an overdose of pills.
 
Oddly Normal is Schwartz’s very personal attempt to address his family’s own struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like Joe. Schwartz follows Joe through childhood to the present day, interweaving his narrative with common questions, including: Are effeminate boys and tomboy girls necessarily gay? Is there a relationship between being gay and suicide or mental illness? Should a child be pushed into coming out? Parents, teachers, and counselors alike will welcome Oddly Normal and its crucial lessons about helping gay kids—and any kid who is different—learn how to cope in a potentially hostile world.

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ISBN-13: 9781592408405
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 255,462
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Schwartz is a national correspondent with The New York Times. He currently lives in New Jersey with his college sweetheart, Jeanne Mixon. They have three children and two difficult cats.
 

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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredibly frank memoir! It not only deals openly with this family's emotions but also with the difficulties of facing the resistance of school teachers and leaders in addressing this child's needs. As a former educator, I found this quite profound and, frankly, an honest assessment. Overall, Mr. Schwartz is to be commended for this forthright memoir although I found the reporting of so much statistical information to be a distraction. Kudos, also, to Joe Schwartz for allowing readers to share his journey which can only serve to help many readers.
JakeDekker More than 1 year ago
The peerless skill of a first-rate New York Times investigative reporter combined with the compassion, commitment, empathy and advocacy of two fine parents, has created a moving account of a family raising a gay child, and probably the most exhaustively researched history of gay parenting ever written. Although John Schwartz set out to write a memoir to help others, he achieved much more. Oddly Normal is as emotionally moving as a Hollywood tearjerker and as assiduously researched as a lead story in the New York Times. Few writers posses the rare combination of being able to speak from the heart while simultaneously investigating and reporting, but in this engaging, informative and engrossing memoir, Schwartz accomplishes both. Almost any parent will empathize with the challenges the Schwartz's experienced with their son's elementary school, and researchers, advocates and anyone desiring to be well informed will savor the logically written and thoroughly researched facts. Oddly Normal deftly transitions from heart stirring accounts of life raising a challenging child to the history, facts and current legal and social status of what it means to grow up gay in 21st century America. Most importantly, Oddly Normal offers hope that our society is moving toward a better future for gays and straights alike. Brilliantly written and meticulously researched this is a memoir that informs as much as it captivates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story resonates such truth, love and parenting. I read it in one sitting, it was truly amazing. A must read for ANY parent but especially for a parent of a LGBT child or adult.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted more of the family's emotional struggle, but the book seemed like more of a resource than a story.
David_Bremmerton More than 1 year ago
A very moving story about a gay teen through the eyes of his father. Very moving.
Love-Music-Dance-Yoga More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely heart felt and I'm more than sure anybody would love it. It's absolutely great!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Schwartz is funny and smart, masterfully combining informative writing with narrative.
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