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Under the rubric of 'inspirationally instructive, ' Schultz offers a compact book. Yet, writing with a focused mind, he dilates at length on the struggle within that mind. "

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. "

I can certainly relate to [Schultz s] self-doubt, as must the multitude of dyslexics reading his thoughtful memoir. . . . But this is not a self-pitying book, or one filled with dry dyslexia facts. The condition has shaped Schultz into the man he is today, and he s glad it did. "

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"

Will illuminate and inspire not just dyslexics and poets, but anyone struggling, in any hour, with his or her own body or mind s seeming indifference to human volition, creativity, and desire. "

A must-read, a true gift for all those who have experienced dyslexia close up or who care deeply about a child or an adult who is dyslexic. --Sally Shawitz, MD, author of Overcoming Dyslexia"

About the Author

Philip Schultz is the author of collections of poetry including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Failure, and the memoir My Dyslexia. He is the founder and director of the Writers Studio and lives in East Hampton, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393343421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393343427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a speech-language pathologist specializing in reading and written language disorders. Our company, Lexercise.com, has been working hard to make affordable, professional evaluation and treatment available online to dyslexics no matter where they live. I have written a post for the Lexercise.com blog encouraging dyslexics, parents and practitioners to read My Dyslexia.

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.
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I discovered the author reading his opinion piece in the New York Times, "Words failed, then saved me". I downloaded the book thinking I could read it with my dyslexic daughter and ADHD son, but when I tried to read my favorite passages to my wife, I was unable, not because I'm dyslexic, but because the emotion overwhelmed me. This poet explains dyslexia like no medical doctor ever could.
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In "My Dyslexia" Philip Schultz provides a detailed and highly moving account of what it's like to have a dyslexic kind of brain, and to grow up in a world where such brains are neither understood nor valued. Schultz beautifully illustrates many of the cognitive advantages often associated with dyslexia, and which "dyslexic wiring" is actually intended to produce. In our book The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain we describe these advantages in detail as we have witnessed them in our work as physicians specializing in learning differences, and as described in the neurosciences literature. In reflecting on his own strengths, Schultz attributes the amazing creativity that fuels his award winning poetry largely to the habits his dyslexia has forced him to develop of searching for new solutions to challenges that non-dyslexics deal with unthinkingly. While this training by adversity is clearly important, a growing body of research also suggests that many dyslexic talents--like Philip's remarkable poetic strengths in areas like metaphor and analogy, his ability to assume the perspective of narrators with points of view very different from his own, and his remarkably vivid memory for personal experiences which he is able to reweave into new events and episodes--are also supported directly by the same sorts of brain wiring differences that result in dyslexia-related learning challenges.Read more ›
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My Dyslexia should be required reading for ALL current and prospective teachers and school administrators. Mr. Schultz gives insight into both how his brain decodes language and the psychological effects that difference created for him. It's a slim volume, but worth every penny for someone who works with people with learning differences (me), is the parent of someone with a learning difference, or is an educator who will inevitably encounter a student with a learning difference. (20% of the population, no matter how your local/state dept. of education tries to deny/ignore it.)

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!
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The following are more engaging memoirs about LD:

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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