Monthly Archives: August 2011

Kirkus Reviews: ‘Not the Average Medical Memoir’

Thanks to Kirkus Reviews for a wonderful review: A father celebrates his son’s differences and advises others on how to view autism as a parallel journey rather than a restrictive label. Chronicling son Ezra’s toddler years through his bar mitzvah, journalist Fields-Meyer approaches autism from a topical perspective, creating a loving tribute that favors “following” his [...]

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‘A Very Good Book About Me.’

Our kids all returned yesterday from summer camp—a month for the younger two, nine weeks for our eldest, Ami, who was a counselor. They all love camp, so returning home brings (in addition to a lot of laundry) some mixed emotions. They get a home cooked meal, but then their parents have to remind them [...]

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Questions, Answers, and Stories

The other day I spent an hour filling out yet another set of forms for Ezra. A few months ago, his class in school participated in a new program aimed at teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. A university study is evaluating the approach’s effectiveness, so they had asked parents to answer [...]

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‘Booklist’ Review: ‘Sweet, Funny, Uplifting.’

Thanks to Booklist, the American Library Assocation’s book review journal, for a rave review of Following Ezra in its August issue. Online access requires membership, but here’s the full text: In this sweet‭, ‬funny memoir about his son‭, ‬a former People magazine writer and editor manages to‭ ‬destigmatize autism better than any medical book has [...]

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Lessons in Jumping for Joy

[Also on  Huffington Post] At first I thought it was an earthquake. I was lying in bed when I felt the house shake–thud, thud, thud–and then I heard a voice just outside the bedroom shouting something I couldn’t quite make out. Somebody was jumping up and down. It was my son Ezra. “It’s February first!” [...]

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