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My Dyslexia Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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Starred review. [Shultz's] affecting prose will inspire compassion and leave readers with an understanding not only of dyslexia, but of the lifelong challenges that someone with disabilities may face. "
This beautifully written and compact memoir chronicles the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's journey through life as a dyslexic. ...His story will resonate with any young adult who may be dealing with a learning disability, and it will promote understanding and perhaps compassion in others. --Vicki Emery"
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Schultz title, My Dyslexia, lets readers know that he is describing is HIS journey with this occult and often poorly understood condition. Schultz says that his self-awareness "was fashioned by years of psychotherapy and self-analysis and introspection necessary to the writing of poetry." He describes the confusion of trying to understand "where my dyslexia stopped and some bizarre emotional problem began."
This isn't a new story. There are many other accounts written by dyslexics. Contemporary research journals document the negative academic, social and emotional cascade associated with dyslexia. But Schultz uses his poetic, narrator's voice to tell a particularly compelling and moving personal story. His descriptions are concise and visceral, just what you'd expect of an award-winning poet. He describes his childhood with a mother, who believed in him and saw his talents, yet didn't know where to turn for help: "I can well imagine the disheveled logic and desperation that went into her not seeking help for me, except for the remedial help forced on her by my school."
One of my favorite descriptions is of the moment when Schultz first experienced reading: "The process of leaping over my own incapacities to the excitement in the narrator's voice...."; "I seemed to be 'listening' (not reading) to a voice in my own head, to a personage invented by my own fantasies.Read more ›
I'm also a poet and there are also some great tips for writers, both novices and Pulitzer Prize winners.
Thank you for this wonderful book Mr. Schultz!
Before reading this, I wondered how a man with dyslexia could become a poet. For me it is a very difficult task to write poetry and I don't have to deal with dyslexia. But then, I remembered my friend who is a child psychiatrist who is dyslexic. Because of the tremendous amount of reading that she had in medical school, she hired a reader but she made it through because she was very determined and incredibly intelligent. Philip Schultz has those same qualities.
Mr. Schultz related the effect of having dyslexia in school and not knowing that he had it. His mind was his enemy. To escape teasing from his classmates, he stole coins from his father's vending machine proceeds to eat in a restaurant every school day. He ate the same thing each time even though he hated it. He couldn't read the menu; he ordered what he overheard being ordered. He thought of himself as being a dummy because he was put in a slow class and that is what other kids called him.
His life was filled with emotional pain and anxiety. His mind was truly his enemy. Then in his sophomore year, he fell in love with books. He still could not read them without a huge struggle but he loved them.
This book tells of the emotional journey that Mr. Schultz struggled through until he found that his brain was different from others. He found out that instead of being a dummy he was intelligent.Read more ›
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Schultz is an inviting author and paints a picture that is deeply saddening and yet reaches the stars. Great readPublished 9 days ago by Matthew Tonne
I initially was very interested and intrigued by the author's personal insight into his reading/language problem. His insight about the origins of his anxieties was very telling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen McEachen
As a person who has hated reading his entire life, this book gives a familiar view of schooling and learning while at the same time not allowing the reader to put it down.Published 8 months ago by Branham Daniels
enjoyed the book, educational,didn't understand it all. What mainly hit me is how much it sounds like ADD. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Douglas A. Puryear
I had to read this book for a grad school class in Learning Disabilities and I absolutely fell in love with it. His writing was inspirational. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Emily Rogosin