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    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. Solomons 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 Solomons 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


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    Title
    Far from the Tree
    Subtitle
    Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Solomon
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 962
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 53 mm
    Weight: 1,361 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743236713
    ISBN 10: 0743236718
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC E4L: CHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: VFXC
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: CF
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Libri: I-CF
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: FAM000000
    B&T Approval Code: A31010200
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17210
    BISAC V2.8: FAM034000
    B&T Approval Code: A11333600
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FAM012000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/MENTAL
    B&T Approval Code: A97240000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/PHYSCH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC029000
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    DC21: 362.40830973
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 362.4083/0973
    LC classification: HV888.5 .S65 2012
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    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    13 November 2012
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    ""Far from the Tree" is a landmark, revolutionary book. It frames an area of inquiry--difference between parents and children--that many of us have experienced in our own lives without ever considering it as a phenomenon. Andrew Solomon plumbs his topic thoroughly, humanely, and in a compulsively readable style that makes the book as entertaining as it is illuminating."--Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad