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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

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By (author) Naoki Higashida, Translated by Ka Yoshida, Translated by Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Honorary Consultant and Senior Clinical Lecturer David Mitchell

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  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
  • Format: Hardback | 135 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 191mm x 28mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 27 August 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0812994868
  • ISBN 13: 9780812994865
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 6,899

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"One of the most remarkable books I've ever read. It's truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid."--Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show" NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR - "The Wall Street Journal - Bloomberg Businessweek - Bookish" FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD - "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER You've never read a book like "The Reason I Jump." Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within. Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: "Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?" "Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?" "Why don't you make eye contact when you're talking?" and "What's the reason you jump?" (Naoki's answer: "When I'm jumping, it's as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.") With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights--into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory--are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again. In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki's words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. "It is no exaggeration to say that "The Reason I Jump" allowed me to round a corner in our relationship." This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they'd be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki's book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared. Praise for "The Reason I Jump" "A rare road map into the world of severe autism . . . [Higashida's] insights . . . unquestionably give those of us whose children have autism just a little more patience, allowing us to recognize the beauty in 'odd' behaviors where perhaps we saw none."--"People "(3-1/2 stars) "Small but profound . . . [Higashida's] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind."--"Parade" "This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind--what it's like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why it's so impossible to hold someone else's hand. Of course, there's a wide range of behavior here; that's why 'on the spectrum' has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes."--"Chicago Tribune "(Editor's Choice) "Amazing times a million."--Whoopi Goldberg, "People" ""The Reason I Jump" is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human."--Andrew Solomon, "The Times "(London)

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Naoki Higashida was born in 1992 and was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. He graduated from high school in 2011 and lives in Kimitsu, Japan. He is an advocate, motivational speaker, and the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction. KA Yoshida was born in Yamaguchi, Japan, majored in English poetry at Notre Dame Seishin University. David Mitchell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, ""Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, ""Number9Dream, " and "Ghostwritten." KA Yoshida and David Mitchell live in Ireland with their two children.

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Advance praise for "The Reason I Jump" ""The Reason I Jump "is a wise, beautiful, intimate and courageous explanation of autism as it is lived every day by one remarkable boy. Naoki Higashida takes us 'behind the mirror'--his testimony should be read by parents, teachers, siblings, friends, and anybody who knows and loves an autistic person. I only wish I'd had this book to defend myself when I was Naoki's age."--Tim Page, author of "Parallel Play" and professor of journalism and music at the University of Southern California "[Higashida] illuminates his autism from within. . . . Anyone struggling to understand autism will be grateful for the book and translation."--"Kirkus Reviews"