Following Ezra What One Father Learned about Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son

ISBN-10: 0451234634
ISBN-13: 9780451234636
Edition: 2011
Authors: Tom Fields-Meyer
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Description: A heartwarming, intimate and amusing memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son. When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was three and showing early signs of autism, a therapist suggested that the father needed to grieve. "For what?" he  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

A heartwarming, intimate and amusing memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son. When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was three and showing early signs of autism, a therapist suggested that the father needed to grieve. "For what?" he asked. The answer: "For the child he didn't turn out to be." That moment helped strengthen the author's resolve to do just the opposite: to love the child Ezra was, a quirky boy with a fascinating and complex mind. Full of tender moments and unexpected humor, Following Ezrais the story of a father and son on a ten-year journey from Ezra's diagnosis to the dawn of his adolescence. It celebrates his growth from a remote toddler to an extraordinary young man, connected in his own remarkable ways to the world around him.

Tom Fields-Meyer is author of the critically acclaimed memoir Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. A former senior writer for People, he lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

Prologue: Following Ezra
He's Gone
A Different Mind
Lots of Little Fears
The Boy Who Shouted
Finding My Son at the Zoo
The Reader
Gumby, Cheerios, and Red T-shirts
Typing Lessons
I Just Know
Chasing Elmo
Is Your Dog Friendly?
Right and Wrong, Death and God
Three Questions
Remembering the Future
Epilogue: Back in My Brain

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