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Informative and moving.
[The book] raises profund issues regarding the nature of love, the value of human life, and the future of humanity."
- Kirkus, starred review
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A mind-opening experience.
An intellectual history that lays the foundation for a ... Psychological Bill of Rights."
- Eric Kandel, author of The Age of Insight and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
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A raucous, joyful tribute
that exalts all parents who love their alien offspring with molten force."
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A monumental book,
the kind that appears once in a decade. It could not be a better example of the literature of diversity."
"
A landmark, revolutionary book...
in a compulsively readable style that makes the book as entertaining as it is illuminating."
- Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer-prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
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An inspiring read
that is sure to become a classic."
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A brave, beautiful book
that will expand your humanity."
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Massive... Weighty.
Each story conveys the distinctiveness of personal experience, while together they constitute a cry for a more just and inclusive society."
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Monumental.
The sheer weight and intimacy of the anecdotes in Far from the Tree put it in a league with great oral histories."
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A masterpiece of research,
giving an impressive insight into human relationships and our tolerance of those who are different."
"
Exceptional writing
about... the complexity of families in which a child is radically different from their parents."
"
A behemoth worth
every one of its 976 pages."
"
Andrew Solomon's empathy, heart, and vast intelligence
are in abundance in Far from the Tree."
— Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
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Deeply profound.
A brilliant tome."
"
Astonishingly humane.
This is one of the most extraordinary books I have read in recent times."
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
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Ground-breaking.
Brought to life by its intimate domestic voices, many of them people who ended up falling in love with children they never knew they wanted."
"
[Solomon] journeys
across national, ethnic, and religious lines--and along the way he learns about what makes us human."
- Newsweek
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This remarkable new book ...
reminds us that nothing is more powerful in a child's development than the love of a parent."
- Bill Clinton, former President of the United States
"
A tremendous and humane book
that is bound to alter the way one thinks of difference, disability, love and commitment."
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A careful, subtle, and surprising book."
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Knotty, gargantuan and lionhearted.
This is a book that shoots arrow after arrow into your heart."
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Extraordinary.
A piece of concentrated intelligence."
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A mixture of thorough reporting, humanity and erudition."
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A deeply thoughtful, balanced,
and highly informed book about what it means to be different from one’s parents’ expectations."
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What distinguishes this book ...
is its patient attention to both the academic literature and the daily experiences of appealing case studies."
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Brave and ambitious.
Solomon tells us that we have more in common with each other than we would ever have imagined."
- Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point
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A bold and unambiguous call
to redefine how we view difference… A stunning work of scholarship and compassion."
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A book everyone should read,
and there's no one who wouldn't be a more imaginative and understanding parent-or human being-for having done so."
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[An] elegant anatomy of otherness....
[Solomon] records with tender precision the extremities of anguish and devotion that he discovered."
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A monumental and generous-hearted book,
balanced between the universal and the particular, and gorgeously observed."
"
Challenges the way we think
about disability and difference....This is a remarkable work."
— Rosamund Irwin, London Evening Standard
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Masterfully written and brilliantly researched.
Plain-spoken, exquisite and scholarly at the same time, [the book] stands apart."
"
A timeless commentary
on the complexity, and the very definition, of disability and on the mystical bond between parents and their children."
"
Leaves [readers] in awe
of the art of the achievable. The book starts out as a study of parents raising ‘difficult’ children, and ends up as an affirmation of what it is to be human.”
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Far-reaching, original, fascinating.
Perhaps the greatest gift of this monumental book ... is that it constantly makes one think."
- Phillip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
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One of those rare books which is truly transformative.
When you turn the last page, you know you are not the same person who started reading it."
"
Solomon creates something of enduring warmth
and beauty: a quilt, a choir."
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Biography

Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts.

photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

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