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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!
Brilliant Idiot: An Autobiography of a Dyslexic, Dr. Abraham Schmitt
Reversals, Eileen Simpson
There are two outstanding collections of essays by college students with LD:
Learning Disabilities and Life Stories, Pano Rodis
The Human Side of Dyslexia, Shirley Kurnoff
This self help book for college students opens with deeply moving autobiographical essays:
Learning Outside the Lines, Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
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so fascinating as he discovers his dyslexia. I have already given it to several friends who share my love of his poetry.Published 5 months ago by susan
Schultz is an inviting author and paints a picture that is deeply saddening and yet reaches the stars. Great readPublished 7 months 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 11 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 14 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 21 months ago by Douglas A. Puryear