aOne of the most remarkable books Iave ever read. Itas truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.aaJon Stewart, The Daily Show NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR ac The Wall Street Journal ac Bloomberg Businessweek ac Bookish FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD ac NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Youave 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: aWhy do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?a aWhy do you line up your toy cars and blocks?a aWhy donat you make eye contact when youare talking?a and aWhatas the reason you jump?a (Naokias answer: aWhen Iam jumping, itas 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 insightsainto the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memoryaare 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 Naokias words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. aIt 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 theyad be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naokias book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared. Praise for The Reason I Jump aA rare road map into the world of severe autism . . . [Higashidaas] insights . . . unquestionably give those of us whose children have autism just a little more patience, allowing us to recognize the beauty in aodda behaviors where perhaps we saw none.aaPeople (3-1/2 stars) aSmall but profound . . . [Higashidaas] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.aaParade aThis is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mindawhat itas like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why itas so impossible to hold someone elseas hand. Of course, thereas a wide range of behavior here; thatas why aon the spectruma has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes.aaChicago Tribune (Editoras Choice) aAmazing times a million.aaWhoopi Goldberg, People aThe 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.aaAndrew 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.aaAndrew Solomon, The Times (London) From the Hardcover edition.
|Title||:||The Reason I Jump|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2013-08-27|