Congrats to Debbie Mylander, Christina Hatch and Eugene. Too bad Simon Baron-Cohen didn't enter. He could use a dose of reality on what is autism and what society is facing as tens of thousands of children "age out."
By Kim Stagliano
Karl Taro Greenfeld has written a startlingly honest memoir about growing up with his autistic brother, now a 42 year old. Thank you to Karl and his publisher Harper Collins for giving us three copies to offer to you. The contest is closed.
From the publisher: Karl Taro Greenfeld knew from an early age that his little brother, Noah, was not like other children. He couldn't crawl, and he had trouble making eye contact or interacting with his family. As Noah grew older, his differences became even more pronounced—he was unable to communicate verbally, use the toilet, or tie his shoes, and despite his angelic demeanor, he often had violent outbursts.
No doctor, social worker, or specialist could pinpoint what was wrong with Noah beyond a general diagnosis: autism. The boys' parents, Josh and Foumi, dedicated their lives to caring for their younger son with myriad approaches—a challenging, often painful experience that the devoted father detailed in a bestselling trilogy of books.
Now, for the first time, acclaimed journalist Karl Taro Greenfeld speaks out about growing up in the shadow of his autistic brother, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined his childhood. Boy Alone is his brutally honest memoir of the hopes, dreams, and realities of life with a mentally disabled sibling.
You might have read about Karl and Noah a few weeks ago in Time Magazine HERE.
I wrote a piece on Boy Alone for HuffPo. It's up HERE. I'd appreciate if you'd share your comments at HuffPo. It's important that those outside the autism community know what we face. This book will open up conversations about... the future.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.