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Far From the Tree
Far From the Tree | Solomon, Andrew
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Amiable
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Day 23 of #adventrecommends One of my favorite nonfiction reads. It includes chapters on deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, transgender identity, children who are conceived during a rape and those who become criminals. Each chapter includes children & their parents struggling with identity & interweaves individual families‘ tales with wider meditations on science, medicine, psychology, and philosophy.

mcctrish I started this ages ago and find it a bit of a slog 4w
Amiable @mcctrish It‘s too long to really read straight through —I found it easier to take it a chapter at a time like a book of short stories, almost. 4w
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Amiable
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush
Day 6

7 covers you love, one a day for 7 days. No explanations. Tag a different Litten each day.

@LapReader , would you like to play?

AmyG An amazing book. I am such a fan of Andrew Solomon. 4mo
Amiable @AmyG It really was —for such a hefty book, the pages just flew by. I was mesmerized. 4mo
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HotMessJess
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The amount of self control I have when I walk into a book store.

What is zero, Alex?

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Wife
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I had no intention of buying a book for myself and was shopping for bookish goodies. Three feet inside the door and I was drawn to the tagged book in the bargain section. At page 4, and I‘m already loving it. A couple books for the husband, and some gifts, and I got the last set of Pride & Prejudice pencils! SchulersBooks is worth 1 1/2 hour drive.

MelissaS I loved Ivan! Nice haul! 2y
Wife @Melissas 🦍🐘for my grandson. ❤️ 2y
Lmstraubie This one 💖💖💖 2y
BiblioLitten Cool haul💞 2y
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Decalino
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In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit I didn't finish this book. I made it to page 640, but it's just really, really long and it was slowing down my fiction reading. Now that it's due at the library with no renewals left, it feels like time to let it go. It was a fascinating book, though: a look at families where the child differs dramatically from the parents. I'm going with "pick" rather than "bail"--the 640 pages were good!

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Skyler
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A mélange of orange for today's theme.

#riotgrams #orangecovers

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
britt_brooke Great photo! 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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[Solomon] "writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, 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, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter." #Challenge #AndItsAugust

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Peddler410
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My current ARC read .... young adult edition.

MeganAnn I love this cover!! 😍 2y
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A few #doorstoppers from my shelves for #riotgrams Feb day 27. I've read and recommend all of these, except for one, which I really didn't like. I was in the minority on this in my book club though. It felt a bit like when I saw and loathed Forrest Gump 😕. Can you guess which one of these was a 'pan' for me?

MrsMalaprop @Cinfhen I loooved A Little Life. It was 3y
Cinfhen Haha, A Fraction sounds good, I just stacked it. Why didn't it work for you? I guessed LL because it seemed like the most popular book in your stack😊 3y
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MrsMalaprop @Cinfhen Hmmm, it was a while ago, but I recall being quite irritated by his style and underwhelmed, while everyone else seemed to find it funny and clever. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Argh, @MrsMalaprop you revealed too soon! I was about to guess A Fraction of the Whole merely because that's the one I've never heard of! 😂 3y
AmyG Far from the Tree is excellent. I adore Andrew Solomon. 3y
MrsMalaprop @erzascarlettbookgasm Lol, wasn't sure anyone was gonna take a shot at it 👏. @AmyG I loved Far From The Tree. Totally amazing book. 3y
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Wow. Just wow. This tome prized open my mind and blew it away. Such incredible insights following years of interviews and research. Organised into types of difficulties by chapter, making such a massive work more accessible. Can't recommend highly enough.

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mdhughes72
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Magisterial but overlong. Each chapter was necessary but author ended up using too much of his source material. Raises important questions about why we have kids and what happens when they are unlike us in some significant way. Also, what makes a family and an individual person in an age of seemingly infinite self-curation and transformation.

Spiderfelt Agree on all fronts. I read this for a bookclub. We were asked to read just one chapter, but I read the first several. Stopped after the chapter on autism. The anguish and suffering of the parents was too much to bear. Reading the introduction, which was poignant and well-written, conveys the essence of the book. 3y
Peddler410 I'm currently reading an ARC of the young adult edition. (edited) 2y
mdhughes72 @Peddler410 A young adult edition of Far from the Tree? That's interesting. 2y
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rachellayown
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The biggest book I've read this year was Andrew Solomon's fascinating exploration of identity. It's long, but so worth reading! #ilikebigbooks #booktober

BeththeBookDragon I loved, loved, loved this book!!! 3y
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Gee_Kate
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Beautifully written, but an awfully long slog. Chapters would have been as effective at half the length. That said, very well worth reading.

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