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Life as Jamie Knows It - An Exceptional Child Grows Up

Michael Berube

The story of Jamie Bérubé's journey to adulthood and a meditation on disability in American life Published in 1996, Life as We Know It introduced Jamie Bérubé to the world as a sweet, bright, gregarious little boy who loves the Beatles, pizza, and making lists. When he is asked in his preschool class what he would like to be when he grows up, he responds with one word: big. At four, he is like many kids his age, but his Down syndrome prevents most people from seeing him as anything but disabled. Twenty years later, Jamie is no longer little, though he still jams to the Beatles, eats pizza, and makes endless lists of everything-from the sixty-seven counties of Pennsylvania (in alphabetical order, from memory) to the various opponents of the wrestler known as the Undertaker. In Life as Jamie Knows It, Michael Bérubé chronicles his son's journey to adulthood and his growing curiosity and engagement with the world. Writing as both a disability studies scholar and a father, he follows Jamie through his social and academic experiences in school, his evolving relationships with his parents and brother, Nick, his encounters with illness, and the complexities of entering the workforce with a disability. As Jamie matures, his parents acknowledge his entitlement to a personal sense of independence, whether that means riding the bus home from work on his own, taking himself to a Yankees game, or deciding which parts of his story are solely his to share. With a combination of stirring memoir and sharp intellectual inquiry, Bérubé tangles with bioethicists, politicians, philosophers, and anyone else who sees disability as an impediment to a life worth living. Far more than the story of an exceptional child growing up to be "big," Life as Jamie Knows It challenges us to rethink how we approach disability and is a passionate call for moving toward a more just, more inclusive society. From the Hardcover edition.

The story of Jamie Bérubé's journey to adulthood and a meditation on disability in American life Published in 1996, Life as We Know It introduced Jamie Bérubé to the world as a sweet, bright, gregarious little boy who loves the Beatles, pizza, and making lists. When he is asked in his preschool class what he would like to be when he grows up, he responds with one word: big. At four, he is like many kids his age, but his Down syndrome prevents most people from seeing him as anything but disabled. Twenty years later, Jamie is no longer little, though he still jams to the Beatles, eats pizza, and makes endless lists of everything-from the sixty-seven counties of Pennsylvania (in alphabetical order, from memory) to the various opponents of the wrestler known as the Undertaker. In Life as Jamie Knows It, Michael Bérubé chronicles his son's journey to adulthood and his growing curiosity and engagement with the world. Writing as both a disability studies scholar and a father, he follows Jamie through his social and academic experiences in school, his evolving relationships with his parents and brother, Nick, his encounters with illness, and the complexities of entering the workforce with a disability. As Jamie matures, his parents acknowledge his entitlement to a personal sense of independence, whether that means riding the bus home from work on his own, taking himself to a Yankees game, or deciding which parts of his story are solely his to share. With a combination of stirring memoir and sharp intellectual inquiry, Bérubé tangles with bioethicists, politicians, philosophers, and anyone else who sees disability as an impediment to a life worth living. Far more than the story of an exceptional child growing up to be "big," Life as Jamie Knows It challenges us to rethink how we approach disability and is a passionate call for moving toward a more just, more inclusive society. From the Hardcover edition.
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The story of Jamie Bérubé's journey to adulthood and a meditation on disability in American life Published in 1996, Life as We Know It introduced Jamie Bérubé to the world as a sweet, bright, gregarious little boy who loves the Beatles, pizza, and making lists. When he is asked in his preschool class what he would like to be when he grows up, he responds with one word: big. At four, he is like many kids his age, but his Down syndrome prevents most people from seeing him as anything but disabled. Twenty years later, Jamie is no longer little, though he still jams to the Beatles, eats pizza, and makes endless lists of everything-from the sixty-seven counties of Pennsylvania (in alphabetical order, from memory) to the various opponents of the wrestler known as the Undertaker. In Life as Jamie Knows It, Michael Bérubé chronicles his son's journey to adulthood and his growing curiosity and engagement with the world. Writing as both a disability studies scholar and a father, he follows Jamie through his social and academic experiences in school, his evolving relationships with his parents and brother, Nick, his encounters with illness, and the complexities of entering the workforce with a disability. As Jamie matures, his parents acknowledge his entitlement to a personal sense of independence, whether that means riding the bus home from work on his own, taking himself to a Yankees game, or deciding which parts of his story are solely his to share. With a combination of stirring memoir and sharp intellectual inquiry, Bérubé tangles with bioethicists, politicians, philosophers, and anyone else who sees disability as an impediment to a life worth living. Far more than the story of an exceptional child growing up to be "big," Life as Jamie Knows It challenges us to rethink how we approach disability and is a passionate call for moving toward a more just, more inclusive society. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Brian Roberts

Length:

8h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:36


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:40