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    DescriptionA "New York Times" Top 10 Book of 2011"" "The Boy in the Moon" is Ian Brown's powerful, honest, and emotionally complicated memoir of raising his son, Walker--one of only a few hundred people worldwide who live with an extremely rare genetic mutation. Born with CFC (cardiofaciocutaneous) syndrome, Walker Brown is a mystery, as remote to his family as the moon. Unable to speak or swallow, compelled to hit himself, requiring surgeries, and round-the-clock care, he becomes the focus of his father's keen intelligence. An investigative journalist, Ian Brown traveled the globe, meeting with genetic scientists and neurologists as well as parents of similar children, seeking ways to reach--and perhaps cure--his son. As Brown becomes part of a community of families, he lets go of his self-blame and his desire to "fix" Walker, learning to accept the boy he loves, just as he is. A "New York Times" Top 10 Book of 2011, "The Boy in the Moon" is an extraordinary memoir that explores the value and the meaning of every human life, through the eyes of one father, searching for his son.


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    Title
    The Boy in the Moon
    Subtitle
    A Father's Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 293
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312675417
    ISBN 10: 0312675410
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    BIC subject category V2: BM, MBD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: VFXC
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T General Subject: 347
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/MASC
    BISAC V2.8: BIO017000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    BIC subject category V2: BGTA, MQ
    BISAC V2.8: FAM020000, FAM012000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/MENTAL, TOPC/PHYSCH
    BISAC V2.8: MED011000
    B&T Approval Code: A97244000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    B&T Approval Code: A12254056
    DC22: 362.196/042
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC21: 618.920042
    LC classification: RB155.5 .B76 2012
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    17 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    IAN BROWN is an author and a feature writer for "The Globe and Mail. The Boy in the Moon "has won three of Canada's most prestigious literary awards: the Charles Taylor Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the British Columbia National Book Award for Canadian Non-fiction.
    Review quote
    "The truth Brown learns from his severely disabled child is a rare one: The life that seems to destroy you is the one you long to embrace."--"New York Times Book Review ""A father's candid, heart-wrenching account of raising, loving and trying to connect with and gain insight into his severely disabled son...Much more than a moving journal of life with a disabled child; it is about Brown's quest to understand his son and his son's condition...An absorbing, revealing work of startling frankness."--"Kirkus Reviews ""Unforgettable...Crisp, observant and, occasionally, subversively funny...In the end, as in the beginning, Brown questions the value of a life like Walker's, "lived in the twilight and often in pain." He sometimes locates it in Walker himself. Another answer is this book."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer"" ""Honest and deeply moving."--"Tucson Citizen ""A stark, lovely memoir...fiercely plainspoken and lyrical"--"The Boston Globe""Brown presents a moving and deeply felt account of his life with his son Walker, who is one of fewer than 300 people in the world who were born with CFC, cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome...the book describes Brown's fascinating worldwide investigations into the various living situations offered to people with CFC as well as his visits with other families whose children have CFC."--"Publishers Weekly""[An] intimate glimpse into the life of a family that cares around the clock for a mysterious, profoundly disabled child, that gets so close to the love and despair, and the complex questions the life of such a child raises...It is a beautiful book, heartfelt and profound, warm and wise."--Jane Bernstein, author of "Loving Rachel" and "Rachel in the World"