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My Dyslexia

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An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner's triumph over disability Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the "dummy class" in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnose ...more
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Aug 31, 2011 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
Sep 08, 2011 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 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.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
As someone who experienced growing up with dyslexia and aspiring to become a writer, I was drawn to this book immediately. The memoir jumps from his experiences in grade and high school, college, and after coming to the realization that he has dyslexia, it's written very beautifully. There is no denying that Schultz is a poet; in lines like,” I was suffering the mysterious, perplexing and previously unacknowledged manner in which I received and absorbed all information of any import” (20), it’s ...more
Feb 17, 2012 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
Flora Smith
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 13, 2013 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
Katie Kenig
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I was myself diagnosed with dyslexia in college. Like the author, I had already built up coping mechanisms and had struggled without support in primary and high school.

I cried through much of this book, because I felt understood in a profound way that I've never felt before. So many aspects of my life that I thought were just my quirks were explained in the context of a dyslexic brain. Amazing.

Extraordinary if you want to understand how a dyslexic person functions, or if you are yourself dyslex
Nov 07, 2012 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.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
Readability 7. Rating 4. Perhaps I came at this the wrong way. I was hoping for insights into a life of a person with dyslexia - and to a small degree, it does provide that - but it is very much more a more encompassing memoir of a seemingly very wounded person who becomes a poet. The title, then, to me was pretty misleading. It was as much about growing up with a bad father, being Jewish, or being a poet as it was about dyslexia, even if all of those aspects of his life were impacted by being d ...more
Brittany Garcia
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "A Fish in a Tree," I never realized how much of my childhood was shaped by dyslexia. since I realized that I struggled with dyslexia until I was an adult. the author's account is nice for any adult realizing later in life they have a learning disability and what that may mean.
Eye opening as to the world of a dyslexic writer. I never in my insular way was aware of the price those with learning difficulties pay to live in a world of 'normal' learners. A journey to another part of my/our world that was unknown to me
Rita Metzinger
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a dyslexic who was also diagnosed late in life this one hit home. It was good to read about another's struggles. In many of his examples I saw myself. If you have or have someone with dyslexia in your life I'd recommend reading this.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gem of a book by a Pulitzer-prize winning poet about the trauma of living with undiagnosed dyslexia.
Angela Jacob
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book. I can relate to a lot of the experiences and emotions.
Sam Sattler
Aug 04, 2012 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
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
Jun 04, 2012 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
St Fu
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were times when I thought I would have to give this book only 1 star and I felt bad because the author was so vulnerable to slights that I felt he needed my protection. It was the last chapter which saved it for me.

It is the story of a man at odds with his culture believing the culture is right and that he is wrong. With insufficient insight into his situation, he attributes all his difficulties to his dyslexia when actually, most of them were the result of the horrible 50s American cultur
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Short and interesting memoir of a prize winning poet who, after his son was diagnosed with dyslexia, looks back on his life and struggles with the understanding that he had undiagnosed dyslexia. Although this is not a full look at dyslexia from a scientific perspective, I enjoyed learning a lot I didn't know about dyslexia through the lense of his story.
Jane Wetzel
Oct 26, 2012 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
Lane Willson
Nov 12, 2012 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
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: different-minds
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
Andrea Motas
Sep 28, 2015 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
Oct 31, 2015 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
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
"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
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
Dec 28, 2013 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
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
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