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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kingswell (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423180364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423180364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RonSuskind isthe author of four New York Times bestsellers and the criticallyacclaimed, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City tothe Ivy League. His other books include, Confidence Men, The Way of theWorld, The One Percent Doctrine and The Price of Loyalty. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal,where he won the Pulitzer Prize, and is currently the Senior Fellow atHarvard's Center for Ethics. He lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife,Cornelia Kennedy.


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Ron Suskind is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, and A Hope in the Unseen. From 1993 to 2000 he was the senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. His newest book, Life, Animated, chronicles his son Owen's struggle with autism and the way in which the family used Owen's affinity for Disney to connect with him. He lives in Cambridge, MA, where he is Senior Fellow at Harvard's Safra Center for Ethics.

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It was very well written and am very excited that he has written a book.
Eileen C. Pearlman
The awe that comes when you have the chance to experience something so beautiful and moving that sometimes it just overflows from your heart.
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When I read his article in the NY Times Magazine, I knew I had to read his book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diverse Interests on April 14, 2014
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Because Ron Suskind and his family have opened up their lives to scrutiny and done unbelievable work reconstructing Owen's life course with impeccable detail, I hesitate to even write a review. How can one review a family's struggle with heartache and the direction they take to help their child succeed?

If I could give the book 4.5 stars, I would. 5 for the story and, unfortunately, 4 for the writing. Ron Suskind is perhaps my favorite writer. And, I had the wonderful opportunity to see him speak. It was something I will always remember. I downloaded the Kindle edition in the middle of the night when I saw that he had written a book on a topic that has dominated my life for at least the last 30 years. Unfortunately, the writing is repetitive and overly detailed in Disney phenomena and quotes, It also has way too much philosophizing and overly bold assertions about stages of childhood development. It could be cut by a third and be a more captivating and powerful book. I felt that perhaps the author was so personally invested in the story that he got lost in the weeds. I was also wondering what happened to all the editors who had a hand in the book.

Despite my hesitation, I would still like to address the content. I have raised 2 high functioning autistic sons. I also discovered in my 50s that I, too, had some form of autism from birth. There is so much written about the manifestations of autism. Some of it is so inconsistent that it is often difficult to see how it holds together as a single phenomenon. I am impressed that Mr. Suskind clearly captured the quintessential agony of autism, loneliness and yearning for friends. I have never seen this sadness expressed clearly in the vast literature I have embraced over the years. It is like finding a friend who gets it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Celestle K. Karas on April 4, 2014
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Leonard Cohen's beautiful quote is an apt theme for this book. Autism is a hard nut to crack, but through the Suskind's pain and persistence a crack was discovered that opened a door to their son, Owen's, confusing world revealing a human spirit so alive we almost wish we had experienced it ourselves. We still have so much to learn about Autistic Spectrum Disorder, as it is now labeled, and it is important to continue to raise public awareness as the exponential rate of growth of ASD cases is alarming. This is an extremely well, written narrative that sheds light on a disorder from the gut, letting us live for a moment in the struggle, the fear, the discovery and the joy of a family that ultimately enlightens and broadens the reader's understanding of autism.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eileen C. Pearlman on March 26, 2014
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I just read an article by Ron Suskind, after seeing him and Owen on TV. It was very well written and am very excited that he has written a book. I am a speech/language pathologist, and I have worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorders for many years and have found that if you find the right 'thing' for each individual, you will be amazed at what they know, feel, and can do. It takes a lot of time and patience, but it is SO worth it! I am looking forward to reading the entire book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erica Brown on April 3, 2014
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When I read his article in the NY Times Magazine, I knew I had to read his book. I'm so glad I bought it! Although their experience is much more severe than any I've had personally, I can see similarities.And this story helps also to give a bit of hope, for the most severely-affected people on the ASD scale.
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By Frogdbs on April 19, 2014
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This book is moving, very moving. As the author tells his son Owen's story, he. both teaches us about autism and moe importantly of love and the will to never give up. It is one of the top five books I have ever read and there are many lessons to be learned here, whether you have a spectrum child or not. Congratulations are due here to the writer, his wife Cornelia and especially to Owen for their relentless journey through complex waters.
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By jane on April 17, 2014
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Best thing I have read in years. Thank you for sharing, and helping me understand autism. The strength of your family is such a blessing. Best wishes to Owen on his life's journey.
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By T. Gaiser on April 15, 2014
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Ron Suskind's, "Life, Animated," first came to me via an Op-Ed column he wrote in the Times a few weeks back encapsulating the book. I immediately pre-ordered it. His beautifully written account of his son Owen's challenges with autism and the role Disney animated movies played in his development couldn't be more relevant or important to my family. Like Suskind, I have a son Patrick, age 20, with learning disabilities. While not autistic spectrum like Owen Suskind my son Patrick processes the world through the movies of Disney and Dreamworks. Over the years we have watched the movies with him countless times always looking for character nuances, dialogue, and noting the protagonist and antagonist in each plot. In following Suskind's account of Owen's journey we see so much of our own lives--and know we are not alone. I also believe there are some potentially very powerful teaching models touched on in the book. Kudos to Suskind for a superbly and compassionately written book and for also bringing public awareness to autism and to how remarkably difficult it is to raise a kid with learning disabilities. Highest possible recommendation.
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