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Far from the tree: parents, children and the search for identity

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award, and one of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2012, this masterpiece by the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon features stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so—"a brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity" (People).
Solomon's startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or 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, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.

All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent should parents accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on ten years of research and interviews with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges.

Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far from the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other—a theme in every family's life.
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Solomon's startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or 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, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.

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Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far from the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other—a theme in every family's life.
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subject_facetChildren with disabilities -- United States -- Psychology
Exceptional children -- United States -- Psychology
Identity (Psychology) -- United States
Parent and child -- United States -- Psychological aspects
Parents of children with disabilities -- United States
Parents of exceptional children -- United States
title_displayFar from the tree : parents, children and the search for identity
title_fullFar From the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Far from the tree : parents, children and the search for identity / Andrew Solomon
title_shortFar from the tree
title_subparents, children and the search for identity
topic_facetChildren with disabilities
Exceptional children
Family & Relationships
Identity (Psychology)
Nonfiction
Parent and child
Parents of children with disabilities
Parents of exceptional children
Psychological aspects
Psychology
Sociology