Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Format:  Hardcover,

962 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Nov 2012

ISBN-13: 9780743236713

ISBN-10: 0743236718

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From the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.
Solomon's startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.
All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. 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. Many families grow closer through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists, celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous and affirming stories is Solomon's journey to accepting his own identity, which culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a parent.
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. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Nov 2012
ISBN-13: 9780743236713
ISBN-10: 0743236718
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 962
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 2.0

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Biography of Solomon, Andrew

Andrew Solomon was born in New York City on October 30, 1963. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale University and a Master's degree in English at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has written for numerous publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker. He has written several non-fiction books including The Irony Tower, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award. He also wrote the novel A Stone Boat. He is a lecturer in psychiatry at Cornell University and special advisor on LGBT affairs to the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.

Chapter outline

Sonp. 1
Deafp. 49
Dwarfsp. 115
Down Syndromep. 169
Autismp. 221
Schizophreniap. 295
Disabilityp. 355
Prodigiesp. 405
Rapep. 477
Crimep. 537
Transgenderp. 599
Fatherp. 677
Acknowledgmentsp. 703
Notesp. 707
Bibliographyp. 831
Indexp. 909

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Book Critics Circle Awards, 2012 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2012 (United States)

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