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A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin's Mother Tells the Family Story Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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“I laughed, I cried, I was shocked and amazed. Her story is one that will stay with me especially on the days I have trouble with my child.”
About the Author
Eustacia Purves Cutler received her Bachelors degree in English from Harvard University. She has lead an interesting and fulfilled life as a singer, actress, writer and mother of four. One of Eustacia's children, Temple Grandin, has high functioning autism. She has used her experiences with autism to write past television productions, such as: The Innocents, The Disquieted and Teachers Guides to Television, a production of NBC-TV. In addition Eustacia has integrated her creative theatrical knowledge to write Lydia and Secret. Eustacia is affiliated with the Dramatics Guild, Actors Equity Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women/NY, and the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media. Euctacia continues to write and had dedicated a vast amount of energy into writing and sharing her personal experiences with her daughter's autism. She tours all over the world speaking at conferences on the subject of autism. Eustacia resides in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
This is not a "how-to" book on educational procedures or anything like that. By reading this autobiography, you will understand the character of Temple's mother, who quite literally saved Temple's life. Fifty-some years ago, Eustacia was the product of her time in most ways--the stay-at-home wife to a wealthy man who was bent upon institutionalizing Temple, particularly when he got the support from psychiatrists who believed at the time that the reason for Temple's autism was Eustacia herself.
There's a real lesson to learn here. Instead of surrendering her child, the originally compliant Eustacia (women were supposed to be that in the 40s and 50s) changed. She intuitively knew that if she gave up whom she could be, her child would be given up as well. She fought ferociously and even walked away from her marriage and her economic well being to save her child. And at that time, when she faced a family who didn't support the divorce financially and a society that looked down on single mothers, she had four children!
If there's one thing that stands out in this book, it's that you have to be who you are and all you can be in order to give that same gift to your child.Read more ›
Eustacia Cutler tells us "How To" fight for a child's right to be a part of family and society. She tells "How To" stay the course when family and physicians conspire against you. "How To" overcome the feelings of guilt and being overwhelmed; "How To" get on with life. "How To" be supportive of a child who was unable to show affection and was so often at odds with the world. Temple's mother has written a beautiful, sensitive book. It is a book that fills one with hope; if Eustacia and Temple can have such a successful outcome, so perhaps can others.
This book is a piece of poetry in the way it's written. I've told everyone I've seen about it because the images are haunting, from the visit to the "insane" children in institutions to the myth about Frankenstein. A Thorn in My Pocket is so sensitively written, I could feel the mother's heartbeat.If you read only one book this year, this is the one you should choose. You'll be a better person for it and, if you're a parent of a child with autism, you'll have a role model to help you along the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clearly written, mindful, and full of heart. The road blocks that face a mother who's a wealthy Harvard graduate, with what most would call good connections, constantly fights to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John M Thorp
Don't be fooled. This is not a story about Temple Grandin. This is a story about her mother -- her mother's marriage, her privilege, her grand notion of her own talents and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by WordGirl
I thought it was very intriguing. I have been very interested in how Mrs. Grandin raised Temple, but she did have someone to help her watch the children too. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurie Horrocks
While it was nice to read of a different era and Eustacia Cutler's career, I expected more focus on Temple G. and more detailed accounts of the events of her childhood. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
great book from the perspective of the mother of an autistic savant that later in life completed college, became famous for educating the world on autism & also on the ethical &... Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Mayer
Somewhat of a difficult read as you go thru her life and the struggles with Temple..Published 11 months ago by His servant