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  • Copertina rigida: 962 pagine
  • Editore: Scribner (13 novembre 2012)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0743236718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743236713
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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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271 di 282 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.
14 di 14 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Disability v. identity 13 gennaio 2013
Di Stephanie Patterson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I have been disabled all my life. I have cerebral palsy which means that at this point in my life I walk with two canes. Though my parents sought medical attention for me, eventually they embraced my paternal grandmother's Christian Science faith. I have through the years been considered crippled, handicapped, disabled, differently abled and physically challenged. I am who I am both because of and in spite of my parents.
Andrew Solomon's book is wonderful because he is so open to any possibility. He enters so fully into the lives of the people whom he interviews that he helps you understand what their lives are like. All of these families have difficulties but the ones who seem to do best are those who accept (and in some cases) embrace the difference and who say to their children "I love you as you are" and thereby allow their children to accept themselves.(That, alas, sounds like a Hallmark greeting card and Mr. Solomon's book never gets mawkish and his explanations of the difficulties these families face are never facile).
I also loved Mr. Solomon's inclusion of all sorts of differences. He talks about transgendered people, criminals (his interview with Dylan Klebold's mother is very moving) and geniuses. I know a bit more about Joshua Bell's relationship with his mother than I might like, but the chapter was very entertaining.
Mr. Solomon himself is part of this tapestry. He discusses his mother's wish to correct his homosexuality much as she fixed his dyslexia and the teasing he underwent because of he was more interested in opera plots than football plays. As an adult he has married and talks about the feelings he had as he contemplated the possibility of having to raise a disabled child (the child is not disabled and Mr Solomon confesses his relief)
Many the families to whom Mr. Solomon speaks are well off (if they can't find a suitable place for their children to be treated they start one) and I sometimes fear he may be preaching to the choir. Nonetheless, this is a marvelous book and it's wonderfully written. It deserves the widest possible audience.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Moving And Informative Book On Raising Children Different From Ourselves 14 novembre 2012
Di Jack - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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How do we raise children who are profoundly different than we are?
This is the question posed by award-winning writer Andrew Solomon in "Far From The Tree." How do parents deal with raising a child who isn't what they expected him or her to be? What if the child is autistic? Deaf? Has Down Syndrome? And how much does nurture have to do with the people our children become? Or is it more due to nature?

Solomon began writing this book twelve years ago, after attending a protest of deaf students who opened his eyes to seeing people with `differences' as not having disabilities, but having their own unique gifts. He follows the lives of many families who are faced with the challenge of raising children who are profoundly different than they expected them to be. Each of these stories reveals in their own way the nature of humanity, the unconditional love of parents for their children, and the desire for all humans to be valued as individuals.

Solomon also shines a spotlight on his own upbringing. The gay son of heterosexual parents, who was also dyslexic and bullied for not conforming to the stereotypical expectations of what a typical male should be, Solomon reveals how he overcame his insecurities to not only accept himself, but to decide to become a father.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Far from the Tree got amazing reviews and it grabbed me from the opening 6 marzo 2016
Di Peter Flom - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Far from the Tree is a book by Andrew Solomon. It is subtitled "parents, children and the search for identity" and it will change the way you think about people, particularly people who are different.

The title comes from the phrase "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree", referring to the idea that children are not that dissimilar from their parents. But some children are quite dissimilar from their parents and this book is about some of them. Far from the Tree got amazing reviews and it grabbed me from the opening:

There is no such thing as reproduction. When two people decide to have a baby, they engage in an act of production, and the widespread use of the word reproduction for this activity, with its implication that two people are but braiding themselves together, is at best a euphemism to comfort prospective parents before they get in over their heads

The first chapter is titled "Son" and the last is "Father". Each of the others is about a particular kind of difference:

Deaf
Dwarfs
Down Syndrome
Autism
Schizophrenia
Disability
Prodigies
Rape (which is about children whose mothers were raped)
Crime
Transgender

Each chapter mixes personal stories of parents and children that fit the chapter's title with more general information about the condition and, in most cases, communities that have sprung up around each condition. The only thing that all these conditions have in common is that the child is, in some way, far from the tree (at least in most cases - some of these conditions do have a genetic component).

I don't agree with all that Solomon says; you probably won't either. But that is not the point. This is not a polemic designed to change your opinion in a certain direction, rather, it is a book to open your eyes to things you might not have seen before. It is a book about the nature of humanity. Far from the Tree changed the way I think about people and I daresay it will change the way you think, as well.

Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics and the arts. He is a winner of the National Book Award and an activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. He is also the author of The Noonday Demon which is about depression.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Unbelievable Scope of Our Humanity... 6 aprile 2014
Di Bob Magnant - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
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.