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Far from the Tree: How Children and Their Parents Learn to Accept One Another . . . Our Differences Unite Us

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From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Solomon comes a stunning, poignant, and affecting young adult edition of his award-winning masterpiece, Far From the Tree, which explores the impact of extreme differences between parents and children.

The old adage says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, meaning that children usually resemble their parents. But what
Hardcover, Young Adult Edition, 464 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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A fascinating book about who are different from their parents, and often different from the main stream. There are chapters on children growing up deaf, autistic, as small people, with severe disabilities, as musical prodigees, as children who are the result of their mother's rape...etc. Each chapter includes interviews with either children who live with the condition, or their parents and families, or both. The isolation these children and and parents feel can be profound. Finding a community o ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you loved WONDER BY R.J. Palacio or BECOMING NICOLE: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt, pick up FAR FROM THE TREE by Andrew Solomon.

FAR FROM THE TREE follows the lives of families with children who were born with unique attributes or under unique circumstances. Author Andrew Solomon speaks with children who are navigating extreme differences such as deafness, dwarfism, autism, transgenderism and more. There is a wide range of attributes and circumstances covered, but
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars This book was well-researched and fascinating in many ways. There are many things I do consider and many things I do not and now will. I found the section about the parents of the one Columbine family especially eye-opening: it’s right; we don’t consider the kids who did it victims or their families, which is a shame. There are so many parents in here I wanted to applaud, & then there were the ones who didn’t do things right, & it made me think-would I? A lot of the families spanned ch ...more
Holly McIntyre
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t intend to read the “young adult edition”, it just happened that the library had this edition and not the “adult” edition. I now wonder what is the difference since this version lacks neither length (454 pp.) nor forthright dealing with issues some would consider inappropriate for younger audiences. That said, I cannot imagine anyone younger than a late high-schooler tackling so fact-filled a tome. Unless... unless perhaps a young person with a difference that puts them beyond the catego ...more
Carissa Hogan
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A much-appreciated lesson in love no matter the cost. This book is so well researched and I feel like I learned a lot from it... will recommend to anyone and everyone. No one is without the need to be more tolerant or loving, you can never have too much of either and this book shows that it is possible, and happening all around us.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Please stop spreading inaccurate information about autism. As an autistic person, I'm so tired of how much autism is misunderstood, and the extremely inaccurate information that keeps being spread causes severe issues, ignorance, and mistreatment from others. One big inaccuracy is that we lack empathy. We may struggle to understand neurotypical people sometimes, but neurotypical people struggle to understand us, if not more so than we struggle to understand them! Autistic people understand other ...more
Paige Williams
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Far from the tree is a story about people's lives having a disability. Some stories are told from the person who has the disability’s prospective or their parents perspective. This story has stories about Down syndrome, autism, deaf people, etc. The quality of this book is really good. It makes you feel the emotions of the person who wrote the story. Also, its surprising because some things in here are very surprising like people would get fired for being gay. This book is a bit graphic so you ...more
Graeme Roberts
Aug 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
It's hard to imagine who would benefit from this book. If parents give birth to a child with Down Syndrome they would surely do well to talk to people and read books on that subject. Similarly for parents of a schizophrenic youth, a little person (dwarf), a criminal, a child of rape, or a prodigy. If, as an incomplete encyclopedia of disability, it was intended to induce a state of informed understanding and tolerance, it would fail in most cases. It may, in some cases, be a convincing argument ...more
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This is an adaptation of an adult novel that covers differences within families. It talks about families who have children who are Deaf, families who have children who are prodigies, families who have children with schizophrenia, and several other family types.

Solomon manages to bring the history of these identities to light, but also introduces us to parents and children in each family.

This book really makes you think.

Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I’m not sure any of my students will pick this one up for independent reading, I found it fascinating. As a teacher of students with disabilities, a daughter, and someone who one day wants to be a mother, this book brought up many thought-provoking points, many that I’d never really thought about before.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is touted as a young adult book but I don't know many (any) teens who would read this book. It may be less in depth than the original but it is still written in a style more friendly for adults than teens. The topics were fascinating to me, and adult, and the author makes many good points about the way we raise our children and how important acceptance it for eveyone.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have yet to read the full edition of this book, but from this book alone I can tell it would be worthwhile. But if you love Solomon's work but can't find the time to read his full book, this is a great substitute. Very thoughtful and worth the read for kids and parents alike.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking study of horizontal vs. vertical parenting. Young adult version is NOT dumbed down. Challenges, questions, accepts, does not gloss over, and calls for more love. Solomon’s very personal connection provides thread that binds.
Willow O'Briant
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read. Very highly recommend. Took me awhile to read but glad I read it.
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