Far from the Tree
Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
By (author) Andrew Solomon
Normal Price: $61.27
Your Price: $55.14 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $6.95 per order
You Save: $6.13! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.76 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 8-11 days
Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon
Book DescriptionFrom 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.
Buy Far from the Tree book by Andrew Solomon from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780743236713
Classification: Child care & upbringing
Format: Hardback (239mm x 165mm x 53mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: United States
You might also like...
Sleep and Your Special Needs Child by Antonia Chitty
This book addresses sleep problems using a highly successful behavioural and cognitive approach to sleep management, and is the first book to explain these approaches in detail. The practical advice contained is invaluable for parents who want to feel more in control about tackling sleep issues in a way that is appropriate for their child.
21st Century Girls by Sue Palmer
A major new insight into the difficulties of raising girls, and how parents can help their daughters fulfil their potential.
Raising a Talker by Renate Zangl
Combining fun, easy-to-do activities with research based tips and developmental overviews,Raising a Talkerhelps parents and caregivers naturally transform play sessions into meaningful language-learning experiences. Little tweaks and easy changes in everyday play create nurturing environments where communication and discovery can flourish.
Next 1000 Days by Nikki McClure» View more books like these...
Helps parents capture the precious, transformative years between aged two and six, where a child grows from a dependent toddler into a 'big kid' going off to primary school and losing their first tooth.
Books By Author Andrew Solomon
Corrigan, Paperback (January 2002)» View all books by Andrew Solomon
With Corrigan Caroline Blackwood takes a long, hard look at our dearly beloved notions of saints and sinners, victims and villains, patrimony and present pleasure-and winks.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Far from the Tree book by Andrew Solomon and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Andrew Solomon
Andrew Solomon is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, A Stone Boat, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a New York Times bestseller, now published in twenty-two languages. He lives in New York and London with his husband and children.
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
© 2003-2014. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.