Andrew Solomon plumbs his topic thoroughly, humanely, and in a compulsively readable style that makes the book as entertaining as it is illuminating. Because their chests are small, their airways may be dangerously narrow, leading to rapid breathing, obstructions, and sleep disturbances. I'd give this one star because, frankly, I get pissed off when talking about this book and its potentially negative ramifications. This is testimony to a callousness beyond that shown to almost any other disabled group. Beware, however, of political diatribes. This is a book that shoots arrow after arrow into your heart. Obviously, I could totally wind up with a kid who does all these things, or who, despite my fervent hopes, plays violin.
Drawing on ten years of research and interviews with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Are children with disabilities less valuable than other members of society? Her illness was not observed at birth, but when her mother, Crissy Trapani, brought her to the doctor for her one-month visit, she had lost weight. The book is extraordinarily well written, very approachable, and in terms of typographical or grammatical errors perfect. What might be included in 'horizontal identity'? I am completely impressed by Solomon's power of empathy, intellect, and open-mindedness. I have through the years been considered crippled, handicapped, disabled, differently abled and physically challenged.
It is part of the youthful urge to fit in and impress. She ended up in the intensive care unit for more than a month and was given a tracheotomy. Since I'm a freelance journalist, I wrote an op-ed about my issues with the book: Because of the gross inaccuracies in the Deaf chapter, I was leery about the other chapters, so the whole book was kind of ruined for me. He acknowledges that children do share some traits with their parents, which he calls vertical identity. The most important thing, often, is a belief in something bigger than one's own experience. I have cerebral palsy which means that at this point in my life I walk with two canes. The one on musical prodigies, which fit a bit better with the disability stuff, I found tiresome for the most part and if you're not interested in classical music or the people who play it, I might suggest skipping it there were two interviews I liked -- both of Chinese-American boy prodigies and their mothers -- but I wish he hadn't focused exclusively on the musical set if he was going to look at prodigies, because it veered off into a discussion of classical music that felt irrelevant to the rest of the book and personally bored me a lot.
I thought that it was going to be pretty dry and terse, but actually it's filled with stories of love and tragedy. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. In 1993 Andrew Solomon was assigned by the New York Times to write about Deaf culture. I didn't go looking for Far from the Tree, but I came across a copy a few days ago and felt drawn to it. On the other hand, the medical challenges can be daunting. An amazing book about the love it takes to raise extraordinary children.
He does believe in production, recognizing that every child is a new, different, individual person. Nonetheless, he had a litany of woes. Many of the people who give their personal accounts are dealing wth all sorts of outside and inside stresses, this can really affect the people in their family and around them, and yet many are hugely positive. As she narrated her bafflement, I saw a familiar pattern. Many juveniles have mental health problems As many as 3 out of 4 incarcerated juveniles have a mental health diagnosis, as opposed to 1 out of 5 in the general population of 9-17 year old youngsters. New York is definitely the best place to live and now is the best time, too.
While his book did a good job of illustrating these points, they're hard to remember. This willful immaturity was overlaid with an affected Victorian prudery, aimed not at masking but obliterating desire. We see his journey form ostracism and self-hate, and it moves to marriage with children. She was almost vicious about it. I started highlighting passages on page 8 of my Nook. The image shows, simply, a bent tree tied to a straight stake.
Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, Far from the Tree explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance-all rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. Snowplowing and reverse snowplowing entail resting the head on the floor as a balancing point while using the legs for propulsion; spider crawling, log rolling, army crawling, and seat scooting involve exactly the sorts of motion that their vivid names imply. The advantages of height have been broadly established. Religious faith can be helpful, but it isn't a sine qua non. Clinton had his first surgery when he was two weeks old to repair an umbilical hernia. This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence. Yet, he had decided that his disadvantages would be his crown of honor, and he achieved a wild gallantry in his very openness.
This book has shoved aside books I planned to read for months. More than 80 percent of people with skeletal dysplasias—the primary dwarfing conditions, the most common among which is achondroplasia, resulting in shortened limbs, a large head, and an average trunk—are born to average parents with no history of dwarfism in their families, either because of de novo mutations or because both parents carry a recessive gene. Reading in one stretch -- as one chapter lead to another and the histories brought these cases to life. Most of this was five stars, an incredible piece of reporting, but there were a couple of chapters where I felt the research and analysis dropped in quality, which I think was inevitable, given a tome of this size. This section didn't make sense to me with the rest of the book, and Solomon seems to see no difference between an inner city gang member robbing people, on the one hand, and Dylan Klebold's mass shooting at Columbine, on the other.
For five months everything appeared to go well. Over and over again, parents reported comments by doctors that made me cry when I read them. She held the gerbil and played with it; she separated from her mother; she drew. Humans often turn their fear of the unknown into hate. Somehow, I fell in with that crowd. I recommend this book to absolutely every living, breathing human on earth today.