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The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of A Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism

Higashida, Naoki

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this 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. 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. 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812994865
0812994868
9780812994872
Branch Call Number: 616.85882 H634r 2013
Characteristics: xvii, 135 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Yoshida, KA. Translator
Mitchell, David (David Stephen), Translator

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Naoki Higashida shares what life is like inside his mind, inviting you to imagine what it would be like, for instance, if sounds and smells barraged your senses all at once,

Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this 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.


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