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All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism Hardcover – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080693
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this passionate, funny memoir, Stagliano reveals what it’s like to be the mom of three daughters with autism. She jokes about the advantages of having teen girls with the disorder (they can’t text naked photos of themselves to a boy), her daughters’ initial diagnosis of global developmental delay (which sounded like a bad day on Continental Airlines), and crapisodes (autistic kids smearing feces everywhere). Many parents of kids diagnosed with the disorder will snap up this book, which is full of surprising, and controversial observations. Stagliano makes her husband out to be a good-looking saint (except for his golfing habit). Yet in 19 years, he goes through seven jobs. Also, despite the recent discreditation of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 paper in The Lancet that led many parents to believe vaccines caused autism, Stagliano stands by him, and against much of mainstream medicine. Still, if readers can navigate her vendettas (she hates vaccine-developing scientist Paul Offit and takes issue with the American Psychiatric Association), they will enjoy a far-from-boring book. --Karen Springen

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Laugh out loud funny!

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Hi, I'm Kim Stagliano, wife, Mom, writer, tired. My husband and I have three gorgeous girls - who have autism. Kind of impossible, considering autism affects boys 4:1 over girls. Mark and I have learned that impossible is often inescapable though.

I'm available for both in-person and Skype bookclub appearances and would love to learn about YOUR story. Details on how to contact me at my website: www.kimstagliano.com.

My novel House of Cards is a fast paced, funny mystery infused with the vagaries of suddenly caring for two kids with autism. It's Romantic Suspense. Sort of like my life!

My Memoir All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is humorous look at a life that has been anything but ordinary or easy - and yet is full of laughter, joy and love. I promise, you won't need a Prozac to read it. :)

I'm Managing Editor of www.ageofautism.com, the nation's first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic. I write for The Huffington Post, am on the editorial staff of the Autism File Magazine, and am a feature writer for Spectrum Magazine. I speak at national autism conferences, and have appeared on Good Morning America (with the kids!), ABC News, Fox News, in The Chicago Tribune, The National Catholic Register, and on blogs around the world.

Mark and I live in CT with Mia, Gianna and Bella.

Customer Reviews

I picked up Kims book and read it all in one sitting.
M. Adams
Kim Stagliano is a talented author who brings you into her life raising three beautiful daughters with autism.
Cheryl G.
Thank you Kim for opening up and writing such a personal story about your life.
Bearcat

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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By K. Wombles on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Readers familiar with the online autism community and the vaccine controversy already know who Kim Stagliano is. She is a mother, activist, and writer, AND the managing editor of Age of Autism, a blog that calls itself the "daily web newspaper of the autism epidemic."

Stagliano makes clear, often in snarky but funny passages, that this hasn't been the life she was expecting. She name drops expensive shops, restaurants, and name brands that leave a Texan clueless, but it's always done to indicate that she came from a more wealthy background and has hit financial rock-bottom several times. Stagliano is honest, raw, and real in this book. She doesn't hide herself, her faults, or those moments where she is not at her finest. And for the most part, she doesn't apologize for those lapses. So when she does, she means it and you know it. You might not like her for that honesty. You might disagree with her fiercely, but to deny that courage is to make yourself small.

There is no doubt in my mind that Stagliano adores her children, loves them fiercely, enough so that she gave up her underwear in one scene that had me both laughing and crying. And I did a lot of both laughing and crying as I read her book. I'm not a bit ashamed to admit that. After all, I'm fairly loud and brash, too. Others will have to decide if I'm controversial (hee, I suspect, my detractors will say I am).

Even in chapters that had me less positively engaged, like the ones dealing with vaccines and Wakefield, I busted out laughing at the title to the Wakefield chapter, which was intentionally funny. I did no laughing at, if you get my meaning. There's nothing to mock here, although there is at times plenty to disagree with.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By mlbecker on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am the mom of a child on the autism spectrum and it is a challenge to say the least - humor goes a long way towards lightening the load. This book had me laughing out loud many times (and tearing up once or twice). The author related many experiences similar to mine - I felt like I had company on this journey - a friend to laugh with when the going gets tough. I finished the book in two sittings - could not put it down. It was a great read!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By christine delany on October 22, 2010
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A well written account of what it is like to raise children with autism and come through life's trevails with success and happiness. This book covers it all and is wonderfully written in short chapters which were easy to read. From one Warrior Mom to another - Great work Kim! Well done!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Fischkin on October 25, 2010
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Anyone who has read Kim Stagliano's vibrant and searing blogs over the last few years will not be surprised that she has written a book that looks at a grim situation with her unique humor - and manages to explain much about autism and the bio-medical autism community in the process.

Certainly this book entertains. It enables us to understand why we admire Kim, her husband Mark and her three extraordinary daughters who must deal with autism every day of their lives. But it does something else. It explains very clearly why parents, like me, worry about vaccinations even when we have vaccinated and do vaccinate in some safe situations. It explains why we are trying the latest bio-medical interventions - which ARE safe - and which are often dismissed by the medical establishment. Many of our physicians however, are part of that establishment, only enlightened.

If you read Kim's book you will get all of this along with the travails and victories of her journey.

I am a reader, an author and a writing teacher. I think I know a good book when I read one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Z. on October 23, 2010
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I loved this book! Having a child myself who falls on the autistic spectrum, I found myself unable to put this book down. In some ways, it was so close to my own experiences and the symptoms I noticed in my child when she was younger, that I felt like I could have written the same story. However, add two more children and a mother like Kim Stagliano into the mix and you have a life story that tells the truth and stresses about raising children with special needs, but also the humor you need to survive. Boy, does Kim survive! Life throw unbelievable crap (both literally and figuratively) at her, and no matter what she pulls herself together, takes on these problems head on. Kim and her husband are unstoppable in their love for each other, their girls and no matter what life hands them, somehow things will be okay. I hated to see this book end. Her writing style is very easy to follow and despite the seriousness of her girl's autism, parts of the book are laugh out loud funny. My only wish is that she writes a sequel, and soon.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Fournier on November 2, 2010
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I've been a fan of Kim Stagliano's writing for years. She first caught my attention with her Huffington Post piece where she coined the phrase "crapisode" - a formerly nameless concept that I had been all too familiar with. As a mom whose life was forever changed with my daughter's diagnosis of Autism 8 years ago, I've read countless books on the subject. This was by far the most enjoyable.

With honesty and humor, Kim puts into words the feelings and experiences that so many families affected by autism are facing. Kim shows us that we're not alone as she recounts her own journey and the many challenges (Stagtastrophies) her family has had to overcome. She makes us cry a bit, and laugh out loud. But ultimately, Kim inspires us to grab hold of this life and live it with passion and grace.
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