The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

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a€œOne of the most remarkable books Ia€™ve ever read. Ita€™s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.a€a€”Jon Stewart, The Daily Show NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR a€c The Wall Street Journal a€c Bloomberg Businessweek a€c Bookish FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD a€c NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Youa€™ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within. Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: a€œWhy do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?a€ a€œWhy do you line up your toy cars and blocks?a€ a€œWhy dona€™t you make eye contact when youa€™re talking?a€ and a€œWhata€™s the reason you jump?a€ (Naokia€™s answer: a€œWhen Ia€™m jumping, ita€™s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.a€) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insightsa€”into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memorya€”are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again. In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naokia€™s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. a€œIt is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.a€ This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so theya€™d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naokia€™s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared. Praise for The Reason I Jump a€œA rare road map into the world of severe autism . . . [Higashidaa€™s] insights . . . unquestionably give those of us whose children have autism just a little more patience, allowing us to recognize the beauty in a€˜odda€™ behaviors where perhaps we saw none.a€a€”People (3-1/2 stars) a€œSmall but profound . . . [Higashidaa€™s] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.a€a€”Parade a€œThis is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic minda€”what ita€™s like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why ita€™s so impossible to hold someone elsea€™s hand. Of course, therea€™s a wide range of behavior here; thata€™s why a€˜on the spectruma€™ has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes.a€a€”Chicago Tribune (Editora€™s Choice) a€œAmazing times a million.a€a€”Whoopi Goldberg, People a€œThe Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.a€a€”Andrew Solomon, The Times (London) From the Hardcover edition.. . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.a€a€”Andrew Solomon, The Times (London) From the Hardcover edition.

Title:The Reason I Jump
Author:Naoki Higashida
Publisher:Random House - 2013-08-27


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