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The Reason I Jump

This book was highly touted by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, sky-rocketing it up the best sellers list. I read "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime", another book from the autistic perspective, but that was a novel written by a non-autistic writer. This book sounds even more enlightening into the alternate reality experienced by autistics. It is a short book, so those of us who are reading Infinite Jest can have ample time to finish... ahem...  :)

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism Hardcover, by Naoki Higashida

From Amazon:“One of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. It’s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.”—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show



“A rare road map into the world of severe autism . . . [Higashida’s] insights . . . unquestionably give those of us whose children have autism just a little more patience, allowing us to recognize the beauty in ‘odd’ behaviors where perhaps we saw none.”People (3-1/2 stars)



“Small but profound . . . [Higashida’s] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.”Parade



“Please don’t assume that The Reason I Jump is just another book for the crowded autism shelf. . . . This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind—what it’s like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why it’s so impossible to hold someone else’s hand. Of course, there’s a wide range of behavior here; that’s why ‘on the spectrum’ has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes.”Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Choice)



“Amazing times a million.”—Whoopi Goldberg, People



“Surely one of the most remarkable books yet to be featured in these pages . . . With about one in 88 children identified with an autism spectrum disorder, and family, friends, and educators hungry for information, this inspiring book’s continued success seems inevitable.”Publishers Weekly



The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . I had to keep reminding myself that the author was a thirteen-year-old boy when he wrote this . . . because the freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom. This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.”—Andrew Solomon, The Times (U.K.)

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  • Jim S.

    In-depth discussion about an incredibly insightful book! I learned a lot about autism!

    January 22, 2014

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