Far from the Tree… is a marvel of precision, lucidity and, despite its 962 pages, concision. The writing is eloquent, never maudlin. Solomon argues that disability is universal, declaring that “everyone is flawed and strange”. He debunks many clichés peddled by professionals, from clinicians to caregivers. If you are just a scientist, healthy and with no disabled person to look after, this book will change your view of your own species.
Tanguy Chouard is a senior biology editor at Nature.
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