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Boxes, Books, and Koalas

As usual, Ezra rose at dawn today to announce with excitement the arrival of a new month: “It’s September first! It’s the first day of September!” Turns out  there’s even more to celebrate in our house than a new page on the calendar. This afternoon the UPS man arrived with our first shipment of FOLLOWING [...]

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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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‘Have You Been Writing This All Along?’

Many people have asked where the idea for Following Ezra came from. “Have you been writing this all along?” they ask. Yes and no. Since a few months before Ezra was diagnosed with autism at age three, I’ve been taking notes. Not for a book, but to figure this thing out, to try to understand [...]

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