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For fans of The Tipping Point and The Emperor of All Maladies, a book about the impact of personal/cultural difference between parents and children.
"Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity" is a non-fiction book written by Andrew Solomon. It was published in 2012 and has received critical acclaim and numerous awards for its exploration of identity, family, and diversity.
In "Far From the Tree," Andrew Solomon delves into the experiences of families who have children who are profoundly different from them in various ways. The book examines how parents navigate and find meaning in raising children who have disabilities, are Deaf, are prodigies, are transgender, are criminals, or have other remarkable differences.
Solomon spent over ten years researching and interviewing families, capturing their stories and insights. Through their narratives, he explores topics such as acceptance, resilience, love, and the ways in which identity shapes our lives. The book also delves into larger societal questions regarding disability rights, inclusion, and the nature of human diversity.
"Far From the Tree" became a bestseller and received widespread critical acclaim. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, among other honors. The book has resonated with readers, offering a profound exploration of the complexities and richness of human experience.
"Far From the Tree" is a powerful and moving book that offers a unique perspective on what it means to be human. It is a must-read for anyone who has ever been touched by disability, whether personally or professionally.
"Far From the Tree" by Andrew Solomon has received highly positive reviews from readers and critics alike. Here are some excerpts from notable reviews:
The New York Times: "A brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity." - Dwight Garner
The Washington Post: "Solomon's book is an elegantly written exploration of difference and belonging, compassion and resilience. It is a remarkable achievement." - Maria Popova
The Guardian: "Solomon takes us on an extraordinary journey in this compelling and courageous book. His writing is always honest and often moving." - Rachel Cooke
Los Angeles Times: "Solomon’s writing is both thought-provoking and compassionate, making 'Far From the Tree' an important and valuable contribution to the literature on human identity." - Robin Abrahams
NPR: "Solomon brings extraordinary empathy to his accounts of parents who are doing their best to navigate the complex landscapes of their children’s conditions." - Heller McAlpin
These reviews highlight the book's emotional depth, the compassion with which Solomon approaches the stories of the families, and the thought-provoking exploration of diverse human experiences. "Far From the Tree" has been praised for its research, storytelling, and the profound insights it provides into parenting, identity, and acceptance.
Book Reviews: "Andrew Solomon's 'Far From the Tree'"