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  • Copertina rigida: 962 pagine
  • Editore: Scribner (13 novembre 2012)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0743236718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743236713
  • Peso di spedizione: 1,4 Kg
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This is a very intensive and thought-provoking book. It really is a must for any parent or parent to be. It made me question all my beliefs and pre-conceived notions that have been ingrained by my mother and family. I am one that has fallen far from the tree even though I don't fit in any of the categories in the book. I just chose a different kind of life than what my parents expected me as I our value systems are different. I am no punk or hippie either. Just quitting my PhD and teaching assistant job at the university, getting divorced and wanting to travel around the world was enough for my family to “reject” me. So it was a wondrous thing for me to read about all these parents who could accept and even value their children who were giving them so much “trouble” in life. The book has ear-marks all over. I read it after watching Andrew Solomon's TED talk. Even though I am not so sure I approve of all this surrogate mothers, even though I am fine with gay marriage I am not sure about their adopting children, again even though children growing up in a family with a mother and father always fighting is definitely not preferable... it's good to raise these questions and think about the family unit and how society is constructed. This is one of the few books that I'd recommend to almost everybody.
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Truly a marvelous book. Andrew Solomon always gives you information you could never find anywhere else. Well written and researched. Cant wait for his next book!
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The idea to look into relationships between parents and children which are for some reason or another troubled by diseases, disabilities or other reasons and also the problems of the societies response to this is interesting and necessary. The execution is confusing. A) he mixed the wildest conditions-like being gay, a normal condition of life, with schizophrenia, crime, etc. B) He cites in some chapters endlessly other peoples books, I want to know his opinion and something he has thought up not what other people wrote, otherwise I would read their books. The approach is very unscientific and centred on American knowledge. The treatment of schizophrenia and the approach to autism for example is very different and seems to be more advanced in Europa. Also the gender sterotypes he runts about -pink =female, tomboy =male seems very American , I think also in this context, Europa is a lot more open and modern

300 interviews for 10 different 'conditions' this is not a significant sample size. The book contains some interesting knowledge but is hidden by a rather unedited writing style, and the mix of other people with personal opinions of the author, can't recommend it , and don't know what the criteria of the 10 different mainly American foundations which gave him prizes for this books where. Would be interesting to know if this are self-promoting institutions.
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289 di 302 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Thoughtful and well-researched 21 novembre 2012
Di Greenbyoo - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Far From the Tree is a TOME. I mean, it's a great big, heavy book in every sense of the word. To be honest, I was a little intimidated when my copy arrived! I didn't read it cover to cover, but started with the autism chapter because it was relevant to our family. I found it to be a very well-researched, sensitive look at how autism can affect a parent's life, hopes, and perceptions.

That chapter was so good, I moved to the crime chapter and stayed up way too late because I could not put it down. Thank you, Mr. Solomon for pointing out the absurdities in our justice system when it comes to dealing with juvenile crime. (And as for the reviewer who questioned including crime at all, this book focuses on any possible way that a child can turn out different than their parents expected, and being guilty of a crime definitely seems appropriate to me.) I learned a lot from this chapter, and was particularly fascinated by the Klebolds' story. Once again, Soloman wrote with sensitivity about a very difficult and controversial topic.

From there I read the chapter on dwarfism, and then finally turned to the first pages of the book and started reading the beginning! I wanted to learn about how families deal with a diagnosis of autism; instead I learned about how families deal with all kinds of unexpected outcomes, how resilient parents can be when faced with hardships, and how connected are the identities of parents and their children. As a parent, I understand the constant struggle to balance who we want our children to be and who they actually are. "There is no such thing as reproduction" may be my new mantra.

One more thing: in 700 pages (okay, I admit, I didn't read the Acknowledgments) I never found an example of "martyrdom" that one reviewer complained about. The book relates honest responses from parents in the trenches. Parenting isn't always fun, even for parents of kids who have no extra challenges. But Far From the Tree isn't a chronicle of long-suffering devastated parents; there are plenty of positive, hopeful, make-the-best-of-it moments as well.

It's a fascinating book for anyone interested in parenting, psychology, or the history of disability. Highly recommended.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Brilliant, Required Reading for Parents 1 maggio 2017
Di Matthew Taylor - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This is a must read for any parent who has ever asked themselves "what did I do wrong?" Solomon has extensively researched and deeply reported the differences and similarities between parents of children who cannot be called "normal." Dwarfs, deaf people, people with Down syndrome, children with autism, transgender kids -- they all provide challenges to parents in ways that are more similar than I would have ever imagined. I've taken comfort from knowing that there are many, many more people out there with which there is an opportunity for shared connection. Humanity's hope has always been in finding where we can connect. I have learned much, felt much, and I have deep thanks to Solomon for sharing this work with the world.

As an aside, this is a thick book but it does not need to be read cover to cover. Read the first chapter (Son) and then choose the chapter that speaks most to you. Then you can go back later and read other chapters.
6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle The Unbelievable Scope of Our Humanity... 6 aprile 2014
Di Bob Magnant - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Andrew Solomon's newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, tells hundreds of stories of parents who not only know how to deal with their exceptional children but also how to find profound meaning in doing so. His topics could never be considered light but I found that his insight and his stories of love and family relationships were most appropriate for everyone. Solomon spent over ten years doing research for this book and he does not disappoint. This 900-page tome is about humanity, disabilities, challenges, amazing love, unbelievable families and parent-child relationships. While some realities may seem implausible, more than 200 pages of citations and notes support his work and many stories are tied to recent changes in our policies, our understanding and our acceptance.

I dare to add my personal thoughts with those of the Pulitzer and Nobel prizewinners on the book's jacket because Solomon's work is, without a doubt, the most fascinating treatise about people that I have ever read. He has documented these stories by interviewing families who cope with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. Some were very difficult to read about, like the use of rape as a weapon of war and its effect on children or living the realities of transgender identity. While any of these characteristics are potentially isolating, the experience of difference within these families is universal in their struggles with compassion and with the triumphs of love that Solomon wonderfully documents in every chapter. The range of conditions that we deal with as humans is staggering, like the demands of gifted children being as consuming as for those with severe disabilities. His thoughts are beyond intriguing and he has made this world more understandable to me.

Solomon's startling proposition is that our diversity is what unites us. His perspectives are global, his words are rich and heady and his passion should also give you some wonderful insights about the world around us and much food for thought about ourselves, our families and just how lucky we are to be living today. First listen to his TED Talk from last April entitled 'Love, no matter what' and then check out his webpage for this book [www dot farfromthetree dot com] on your computer. It will offer you an assortment of quotes and video clips both from Solomon and from people who he writes about that address the dozen chapters and the themes of virtually every part of the book. It is a wonderful overview of its contents about life, love and the 'wisdom of Solomon' that flavors this work. This is riveting reading.

Bob Magnant is a novelist who writes about technology, public policy, globalization, Internet security and the US in the Middle East.
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Will resonate through your lifetime 3 novembre 2013
Di kestrel - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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A book he was born to write. This is a 900 page book, 700 of which are reading pages, the rest notes and index.
It is a rational and helpful thesis and there is research quoted. But most of the book is based upon very thorough and careful interviews which lead you to wonder about the depths of the mystery of being human and of consciousness, and about the depths of compassion that "ordinary" people develop when they have an "extraordinary" challenge. Yoga teachers are often saying, "Open your heart." Well, this book does.

Andrew Solomon is an excellent writer. Even with medical and forensic research information being shared, he is very clear. It is not always easy to read, emotionally or intellectually. Lots of concentration is required BUT that said, it is like going to grad school for pleasure....the deep pleasure of learning and thinking because you want to.

Even if our own challenges from our "vertical" family are just the average ones, the ability to perceive and validate "horizontal" identity in others is an important insight we all can work with....even with 'temporary' ones like "teenager.'

Every physician, every educator should "have to" read it. May it become an undergraduate classic. May many many people read it now out of interest and in the interest of awareness, of their neighbors challenges. If we are more open to understanding in these ways, we won't have so much to fear (and shun). This book deserves all its awards but more importantly it deserves to be widely read, and for a long time. May it be translated into many languages, so we all have another shared language to explore answers to the fundamental an important questions extraordinary people bring to the lives of families and communities.

Thank you Mr. Solomon, for your good work.
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5.0 su 5 stelle So you think you already know? 24 luglio 2016
Di Dave Shumway - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Probably one of the most substantial and provocative books I have ever read! It's about people who have begotten "different" children and what those children are like. More importantly, it discusses at length what haveing those children does to the parents, sibs, economics, extended family and society in general. Slow read as I found myself haveing to put the book down and think about what I had just read. This author is always brilliant. Would strongly suggest his whole body of work.