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Far From the Tree - Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon

From the National Book Award-winning author of the "brave…deeply humane…open-minded, critically informed, and poetic" (The New York Times) The Noonday Demon, comes a game-changer of a book about the impact of extreme personal and cultural difference between parents and children. A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender. Bookended with Solomon's experiences as a son, and then later as a father, this book explores the old adage that says the apple doesn't fall far from the tree; instead some apples fall a couple of orchards away, some on the other side of the world. In twelve sharply observed and moving chapters, Solomon describes individuals who have been heartbreaking victims of intense prejudice, but also stories of parents who have embraced their childrens' differences and tried to change the world's understanding of their conditions. Solomon's humanity, eloquence, and compassion give a voice to those people who are never heard. A riveting, powerful take on a major social issue, Far from the Tree offers far-reaching conclusions about new families, academia, and the way our culture addresses issues of illness and identity.

From the National Book Award-winning author of the "brave…deeply humane…open-minded, critically informed, and poetic" (The New York Times) The Noonday Demon, comes a game-changer of a book about the impact of extreme personal and cultural difference between parents and children. A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender. Bookended with Solomon's experiences as a son, and then later as a father, this book explores the old adage that says the apple doesn't fall far from the tree; instead some apples fall a couple of orchards away, some on the other side of the world. In twelve sharply observed and moving chapters, Solomon describes individuals who have been heartbreaking victims of intense prejudice, but also stories of parents who have embraced their childrens' differences and tried to change the world's understanding of their conditions. Solomon's humanity, eloquence, and compassion give a voice to those people who are never heard. A riveting, powerful take on a major social issue, Far from the Tree offers far-reaching conclusions about new families, academia, and the way our culture addresses issues of illness and identity.
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From the National Book Award-winning author of the "brave…deeply humane…open-minded, critically informed, and poetic" (The New York Times) The Noonday Demon, comes a game-changer of a book about the impact of extreme personal and cultural difference between parents and children. A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender. Bookended with Solomon's experiences as a son, and then later as a father, this book explores the old adage that says the apple doesn't fall far from the tree; instead some apples fall a couple of orchards away, some on the other side of the world. In twelve sharply observed and moving chapters, Solomon describes individuals who have been heartbreaking victims of intense prejudice, but also stories of parents who have embraced their childrens' differences and tried to change the world's understanding of their conditions. Solomon's humanity, eloquence, and compassion give a voice to those people who are never heard. A riveting, powerful take on a major social issue, Far from the Tree offers far-reaching conclusions about new families, academia, and the way our culture addresses issues of illness and identity.

Language:

English

Length:

40h 40m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:05

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

29:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

23:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

25:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

25:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

23:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

27:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

27:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

24:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

20:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

15:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

24:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

26:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

20:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

17:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

27:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

22:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

28:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

21:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

20:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

26:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

27:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

19:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

16:55


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

16:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

27:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

23:19


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

10:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

26:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

28:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

18:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

27:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

28:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

15:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

20:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

28:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

29:18


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

27:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

26:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

16:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

27:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

24:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

29:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

29:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

28:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

28:23


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

21:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

27:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

14:09


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

29:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

25:50


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

17:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

18:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

20:51


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

20:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

18:21


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

29:46


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

24:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

20:51


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

29:06


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

26:39


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

23:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

16:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

26:15


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

27:44


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

25:53


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

29:23


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

27:15


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

12:16


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

23:10


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

19:56


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

11:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

01:12