Scottsdale Public Library's Reviews > Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son

Following Ezra by Tom Fields-Meyer
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Apr 06, 2012

bookshelves: adult, biography-or-memoir, nonfiction

I found this book refreshing. Too often, it seems, there are books about parents, their children, and unrealized expectations. Those expectations end up crippling relationships and the books subsequently written about them express the journey of repairing those wounds and healing those grievances. This book veers completely from that course, similarly to the development of the titular child. When the author and his wife discover that their son, Ezra, has autism, the father describes how he has no need to grieve. All he ever wanted to do was to love his son -- why should autism change love? It doesn't, and through every difficult day, every potentially upsetting situation, this father shrugs off the difficulties and instead chooses to see his son for what he is: unique, challenging, and beautiful. This book is heartwarming, funny, and optimistic. In a world where so much of what we hear on the news or experience secondhand is terrifying and uncertain, this book reassures, even if unintentionally. It has a decided "we can do it" attitude, and that is still an attitude worth pursuing. –Karen H.
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