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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145167659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451676594
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've spent decades helping others reach their peak level of physical fitness and realize that the strength within creates the picture of health on the outside. Though I may look like a tough guy, I've fought my own inner battle with stuttering for most of my life. In" Out With It," Katherine Preston describes, in such great detail, what it's like to not be able to express yourself clearly and without ridicule. With her memoir, she's become a voice for anyone with speech issues. My only complaint is that she didn't write it sooner."--Jake Steinfeld, Chairman & CEO, Body by Jake; Founder, Major League Lacrosse; Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors Fitness Councils" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Katherine Preston inexplicably lost her previously "normal" voice at the age of seven and faced the terror and hopelessness of communicating with the world through a stutter. At twenty-four she left her native London to road-trip across the United States interviewing stutterers, therapists and researchers. Today she lives in Brooklyn as a writer and public speaker. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia M. Ammon on 20 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
In her refreshingly honest memoir, Katherine Preston gives a new depth to an issue that the outside, non-stuttering world has rarely come across. In Out With It, the reader is taken on a Katherine's own journey of stuttering (also known as stammering) from the age of 7 years old to present day. But the story is also interwoven with information and quotes from researchers, speech therapists, famous people affected by stuttering/stammering and ordinary stories - taken from interviews with over 100 people across the USA.

I have a stammer/stutter and work in a charity that helps those affected by the issue, so the last thing I normally want to do this spend my free time reading about it too. But when give the opportunity to read this book, I was absorbed in Katherine's story and like a previous reviewer, read the book in two days. It made me laugh out load while reading it on the underground, and helped me to a have a fresh positive perspective othe journey of self-acceptance everyone goes through.

I'd recommend this book to anyone, not only those who have experience of stuttering or are curious about it. The book stands alone as a good read. Buy it, read it and appreciate imperfection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on 18 April 2013
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Katherine's debut novel is sure to make you laugh, make you think and make you finish it without putting it down- all the elements I need in a good book! I read Out With It in 2 days, getting sucked in to Katherine's story and wondering how it would all turn out for her. I particularly enjoyed how thought provoking it was. I remember back to my days at University, full of anguish about how others felt about me and how I was being perceived. I have never been someone to notice a stutter. I have a couple of friends who stutter and it's not something I have ever paid any attention to. It made me realise that we all dwell on what we perceive to be our negative traits, whilst others are far too busy to be worrying about their own things to be concerned with ours.
Katherine is very very funny. I won't spoil the storyline, but highly recommend you read this beautifully written memoir. I saw another review written by a stutterer that said this should be recommended reading in schools. I couldn't agree more!
I am sure we will be seeing plenty more from this gifted wordsmith. Congratulations Katherine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChristineW on 19 Jan. 2014
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I am a woman who stammers, we are a relatively rare breed and I loved this book. I could relate to it, albeit I'm much older than Katherine. It's an interesting debate as to whether women react differently to stammering. I'm sure all people who stammer will enjoy and find common experiences in it. Out with It joins the select group of books which describe stammering and what it's like to stammer really well for people who stammer and just as importantly for everyone else. I agree with a previous reviewer, this book should be in the memoir section, like David Mitchell's Black Swan Green, it's a great read for anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jehan on 5 May 2013
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Katherine describes a stutterer's struggle to get words out with great poignancy. I know a couple of people who stutter, and until reading her book, I had no idea of the extent to which it can affect someone's day to day life, their dreams and their sense of self. Her contribution to the lay person's understanding of stuttering is huge, and I hope that this book gets the widest possible audience.

The author's dry wit and lighthearted tone run throughout the book and make what could be very heavy reading, completely readable and entertaining. It's the kind of book that, in the same paragraph, will bring a tear to your eye and moments later have you chuckling out loud. 

This is not just a book about stuttering, it is a book about compassion, love, friendship, courage and acceptance. I have immense respect for Katherine's ability to go head to head with this huge thing that has caused her much anxiety and sadness and the way in which she has bared her soul for all to see. I am in awe of her ability to wholly embrace something that has terrorised her most of her life as one of the best parts of who she is.  It is an extraordinary victory on her part, and utterly inspirational. What a journey she has travelled! 

Katherine is a fabulous writer and I cannot wait to read more of her work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Timlett on 20 May 2013
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Memoirs, self-help books, medical and psychological research publications - none of these are the types of books that I would ever choose to read for fun. Luckily, Out With It is none of these things - despite any preconceptions that one might have.

Out With It is an honest and insightful account of a young woman's life, a young woman who happens to have a stutter. I found myself turning the pages furiously to find out what happened in the next chapter of her life, due to the compelling story-telling and emotional tone of voice of this book. The fact that this wonderful story then also happens to be based on Katherine's personal journey through the world of stuttering - just served to open my eyes to a world that I had never properly considered before. Not only has Katherine found her own voice through the journey of this novel, she has also given a voice to the world of stuttering.

An interesting and emotional read that I couldn't put down. A book that will help you broaden your horizons just a little, without feeling preached or lectured too. I can't wait to hear about what she'll be writing next!
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