- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807000302
- ISBN-13: 978-0807000304
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs Paperback – May 1, 2008
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"...the work acts as an eloquent support group for these parents. Highly recommended." --Library Journal
"Even for readers who are not parenting one of the 8 million babies born worldwide each year with genetic birth defects, this anthology offers something profound. " --Image Journal
" . . . a reminder of life's changeability; surprises occur and parents persevere, even in seemingly fixed situations." --Brain, Child
"[A] moving collection of well-crafted memoirs, fiction, and poetry that reflects the wild emotional complexities of living with and loving a child with disabilities." --Mothering
"[H]ard to put down...a must-read and definite keeper...all types of readers will glean something from [Love You to Pieces], be it insight, entertainment, or empathy." --Exceptional Parent
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It would be a mistake to see this as a book compiled for those raising children with special needs. Most parents--and most humans--must face deep fears about losing the abilities and mobilities that give us access to the range of these so-called normal human experience. For this reason, the poems, stories, and essays in Kamata's anthology will speak to any reader from a place of profound honesty, insight, and subtlety. Not a cup of comfort here, but a strong swallow of intelligence and perseverance.
The quality of stories is a bit uneven-some are touching and scream with their emotion. Some are just dull. But what is touching to one parent can leave another cold. I was actually comforted by the scene of a mother so frustrated with her autistic daughter she actually beat her (made me feel like I wasn't that bad for punching the crap out of my pillow when my son gets to me), but it annoyed me to read about how one mother not only raised her child with spina bifida, but helped a mentally retarded child as a form of penence (though I did love it when she started whailing on cabinetry).
This realistic look into the minds of the parent of special needs children is an excellent read for special ed teachers, parents, or anyone who should know how a parent copes. I would have liked to see more from the perspective of the fathers, though. And I hope this book inspires more publishers to produce works like this. I'm torn between wanting to just read about other parents dealing with autism and wanting to see the perspective of the other parents I meet at Special Ed night at my son's school.