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My Dyslexia

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  323 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz didn't learn he had dyslexia until his son was diagnosed. Here, he traces his new understanding of his early years, showing how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven became a prizewinning poet.
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Published November 1st 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published August 29th 2011)
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Jul 31, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a little gem of a book. I read the whole book in less than two hours but learned so much about the experience of having dyslexia. Even though Philip Schultz won a Pulitzer Prize for ‘Failure’, a collection of poetry, he did not learn to read until he was eleven years old. He did not even find out that he had dyslexia until he was 58! He learned that he had it when his son was diagnosed with it.

Before reading this, I wondered how a man with dyslexia could become a poet. For me it is a ve
Dec 12, 2011 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip Schultz is telling me what it's like to be one of the students I tutor. He was a terrible student, often in trouble in school. He couldn't read. No one thought he'd end up a poet -- let alone a Pulitzer Prize winner. He'd been led to think of his predicament as a mix of stupidity and cussedness, with a tinge of insanity. I've always been the opposite -- what my mom called a "bookworm." I naturally turned to writing and then teaching. People like me are often reading teachers, and we can't ...more
David Hornik
Dec 21, 2012 David Hornik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book literally changed my life. For years I have dismissed the impact dyslexia has had on my life. I have been happy to sweep it under the rug. But as I read this book on an airplane I found myself weeping. Philip Schultz captures the challenges, the pain, and maybe even the joy, of growing up with dyslexia. A hugely important read for anyone with dyslexia and any parent of a dyslexic.
Flora Bateman
This is an interesting look into the life of a dyslexic. Philip Schultz talks about his life as he was growing up as a child with an undiagnosed learning disability. He described how it felt to be bullied and made fun of by other students because of his inability to learn to read. And he described his determination to learn to cope and overcome his dyslexia. It was interesting to me to learn that how much more there is to dyslexia besides difficulty reading such as difficulty telling time on an ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Huda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dyslexic father of a dyslexic child. This memoir shows how important it is for a person to understand and accept their own disability. Is it ever too late to accept what you are and what you have??

The father had a life where nothing made sense to him; he would read a poem and jump to the other without even noticing something was wrong. He didn't know why he was constantly bullied, why students used to shy away from him or avoid sitting next to him. He sounds relieved whenever he mentions his s
Oct 31, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very rarely does one get a chance to get inside the brain, heart and daily struggles of the dyslexic child/adult. Phillip shares both child experiences and adult struggles with his dyslexia. Not knowing he had dyslexia until in his 50's, gives Philip Schultz a unique look at his experiences from childhood on as he compares those with his son and others who knew from early childhood and were given support. In his discovery, he found his home among people where he felt comfortable. He also found h ...more
"Words failed, then saved me".

As an English teacher and librarian, how can I not love a book that offers this line? The story is not new; there are many books written by dyslexics who chronicle their trials and tribulations. This very short one is a bit different because the author is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, and he didn't realize he was dyslexic until he saw his own son struggle with school. I've never read Schultz's poetry, so I liked the fact that he included poetry in this memoir along
Nov 07, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me so appreciate the support that learning disabled children get at our school. It's a very quick read, and inspiring to learn all he overcame with his determination to be a writer.
Kim Southwell
Jan 01, 2015 Kim Southwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it was good for me to read this well-presented life of a frustrated undiagnosed dyslexic, at some points it seemed that he confused his family and environmental difficulties with his learning difficulties. I'm sure they were much intertwined, but someone with more healthy family relationships would probably have far different reactions to learning difficulties.

It really made me thankful for the strides that have been made in diagnosing and helping dyslexia and in realizing the strengths th
Andrea Motas
Jan 28, 2016 Andrea Motas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4). As Good As Gold

The book "My Dyslexia" by Philip Schultz is a memoir, which is narrative non-fiction. Not only did I get to see from the author's perspective and hear his life story, but I also learned many interesting facts about dyslexia and other aspects included in his life that I don't really know much about, such as the Jewish culture. Of course, the idea that dyslexia greatly affected his life in almost every way is a consistent theme, but it is not painfully repetitive as each little
Hmm, I guess I wanted to know less about how dyslexia affected him emotionally and more the nitty gritty. I believe he also has Dyscalculia as he talks about trouble "reading" a clock. This is more a visual spacial issue, trouble with numbers and ordering. After hearing of he and his son arguing whether the maps is "saying" to turn left or right, also visual spacial not word oriented. Frequently dyslexia and dyscalculia or visual spacial issues can go hand in hand. Just as dyslexia affects us in ...more
Michelle Randall
My oldest child has struggled with reading and school all his life, and we fought to get him tested for learning issues, only to be told that he is not dyslexic but there is something up, and to then fight to get services for him.

I got this book from Goodreads FirstReads Giveaway, and was pleased. I thought it might help me understand the issues and what was going on. And to be honest, I did learn alot.

It is written by a Noble Prize winning poet, who just happens to have dyslexia, but only learn
Jun 13, 2012 Deanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, disjointed, and occasionally poignant, with some truly beautiful sentiments tucked here and there. In lieu of a review, I'll just post some of my favorites:

"Judaism is a world constituted almost entirely of language...It's a world of passion for its own history of laws and faith and learning -- all recorded in a language invented out of this very passion. It's a language derived directly out of the heart of the mind and translated and coded in music indigenous only to itself -- the infini
Feb 17, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard Mr Schultz interviewed on the radio, NPR naturally, and couldn't leave the car until it was over. I tuned in as he was describing having taught himself to read at the age of 11, using comic books. I and, much more so, my son are dyslexic and comic books are his salvation. So much of what he said resonated with me and the traits and tendencies I see in my son. I ordered the book the minute I walked into the house.

I have seen, in some of the other reviews, complaints that the book is too s
Great read. Schultz is arguably a living paradox to many - a prize winning author/poet with dyslexia. With acute awareness he explains how his neuropsychological differences are ultimately a virtue where creativity, and a sensitive analysis of experience are required, such as in poetry. He not only describes his relationship to the written word but how the convoluted dyslexic-mind pervades one's whole existence day-to-day - from the outset he names that dyslexia and anxiety go hand-in-hand for h ...more
Lane Willson
Nov 12, 2012 Lane Willson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
I greatly enjoyed this book. My own dyslexia was first suggested when as a college student I had some testing to help me decide what to be when I grew up. Although I didn't really believe it at the time, I was ready to embrace anything that pointed to a problem other than my new found love of drinking. However, years later, once I had decided I wanted to be sober, I noticed for the first time confirmation of what had been hinted at nearly a decade earlier. I have a moderate level of dyslexia alo ...more
Sam Sattler
Aug 05, 2012 Sam Sattler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Philip Schultz’s story will inspire and encourage anyone whose life has been impacted by dyslexia. Schultz, who did not learn to read until he was eleven, did not discover he was himself dyslexic until he compared his own reading difficulties to those of his young son, a confirmed sufferer of the condition. Today, despite his continuing struggle with language skills, Philip Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. His remarkable story and insights into dealing with dyslexia can be found in My D ...more
Jane Wetzel
Oct 26, 2012 Jane Wetzel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A very interesting book. There are so many learning disorders found in so many stages these days. It makes one realize how important it is to recognize and be sympathetic with such people, their needs and particularly their potential. We probably all have some shortcomings in the learning department. I am glad to know that most schools today are not as blind to the issue and to the bullying as in Schultz's day. That was almost unbelievable. Where I went to school in the 40's and 50's it was unus ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Lb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
When I read a book that is this well-written, I hesitate to review it for fear my writing will not do it justice. So, forgive my writing, but trust me, Schultz is an exceptional writer. I'm always reading something about learning differences because of the work I do. Dyslexia is widely known as a reading disability, but it truly is a LANGUAGE difference. Reading may be tough, as it was for Schultz, but it may not be tough for a dyslexic person. It may just be spelling that's tough, or math, or o ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A Pulitzer Prize winning poet writes (of course, poetically) about his dyslexia: not being able to read until he was 11 years old, being singled out as "stupid" by his teachers, and being bullied by other kids. If you or one of your children have a learning disability, you will find this especially moving and inspiring.
Alexander Briggs
I would hope that if you are dyslexic you least listen to this novel. If you know someone close to you that has dyslexia this is having to read or listen to the novel.
This only novel that I have a moment filled with tears. I related to the battles and everyday challenges that reflected in this book. After reading it remember there are 21+ million bind individuals in the world. There are over 300+ million diagnose dyslexic. If you don't have it. You will not understand how it changes the world. Y
Dec 30, 2013 Kyla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book for a very personal reason: my fiancé has dyslexia. Although I've known on a factual level the "basics" of the learning disability, I wanted to find a way to get into the dyslexic mind to better understand the emotional challenges involved. Schultz shares his own struggles in such a way that a non-dyslexic reader can easily relate them to their own experiences. My fiancé and I have learned over the years how to manage his dyslexia both individually and as a team, but t ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm moderately dyslectic so I found the book interesting. It sounds like he was in the dummy reading group for ever. I was in the dummy reading group for only a couple of years and I loved it. We had three classrooms with almost 50 kids in each--and their were three reading groups, the fish, the frogs, and something else. Then there were the special kids--we ten (from all three class rooms) had a special reading class, and we would fall out of our chairs and stuff for the whole hour. Philip Schu ...more
Feb 17, 2015 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This widens the depths , and perspective changes a new are of clarity for me. For it is good to share how different WE all think from those who surround our energy fields. People should understand the torture of understanding multiple views at once. Thank you for living.
This book is more of an extended essay than a full book, which Schultz states in the preface, but this is why I gave it three stars. It didn't really go to the places that a fully developed memoir goes. And, the book ends sort of randomly when I was wanting more.

As an English teacher, I found Schultz's experiences enlightening and learned much about the experience of being dyslexic. It was inspiring and heartening to read about Schultz's determination and later successes as well. It found it int
Aug 02, 2012 Verna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on audio and it was a very pleasant and informative experience. I have a grandson with dyslexia and this is why I wanted to read the book to learn more about the disorder. I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read to understand the problem. My heart bled for the little boy who suffered so much with no idea of what was happening to him. My mind soared with admiration and respect for the man who was able to overcome his difficulties with little help from others. ...more
May 29, 2014 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic view into life with dyslexia. My 10 year old son has been diagnosed with dyslexia, so this book gave me great insight into some of the emotional and psychological struggles he goes through.
Ashley Holstrom
I'd hoped for more insights on life with dyslexia, rather than parading his ability to write poetry without knowing he had a learning disability until his son was diagnosed. Kind of a snooze of a story.
Jun 01, 2013 Vilo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A Pulitzer prize winning poet who was not diagnosed until late in life discusses his childhood, the marks that being considered dumb left upon his soul, and the path forged by someone determined to express himself despite all odds. Before the diagnosis Schultz rarely discussed his difficulties, leading to some misunderstandings and distance between himself and friends. A fascinating part was how he felt his dyslexia had affected his religious life. Learning languages was difficult for him and no ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's unfair of me to judge this book by what I thought it would be about, so I'm trying my best not to. I thought it would mostly be about what reading, writing, and thinking were like as a dyslexic. It's not about that. This book is about the feelings a dyslexic person had growing up - not knowing he was dyslexic. How it made him feel stupid, unimportant, and frustrated. He he rebelled, withdrew, and - eventually - coped with his learning disability.

I probably would not have read this book if I
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Philip Schultz is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Failure. He is the founder and director of the Writers Studio and lives in East Hampton, New York.
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