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To Siri, With Love: A mother, her autistic son, and the kindness of a machine Hardcover – 24 Aug 2017
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To Siri with Love is a beautifully honest and illuminating love letter to Gus, your typical atypical non neurotypical human. (Jon Stewart)
A moving and witty memoir with a big heart. (Nigella Lawson)
Writing with wit, humor, and effervescent honesty . . . This odd yet endearing pairing comprises the book's rewarding and adorable closing third, a funny, warmhearted narrative of wry wisdom derived from the foibles of both Gus and Henry and powered by a maternal love that autism could never compromise. "In a world where the commonly-held wisdom is that technology isolates us," writes the author, "it's worth considering another side of the story."
A powerful and heartfelt 'slice of life' tale.(Kirkus Review)
This warm series of stories offers a glimpse of what it's like to parent a child who has a touch of magic in his soul. (Good Housekeeping)
An uncommonly riotous and moving book [that] will make readers laugh - yes, out loud - before sweeping them, finally, into a soul-spilling high tide . . . Technology's great promise may in fact be to summon, capture and display our most human qualities, both the darkness and the light, to pave avenues of deepened connections with others. (New York Times)
By turns hilarious and compassionate, To Siri with Love is one of the most moving books about modern parenthood ever written. (Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry)
Newman shares her sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always insightful and upbeat recollections . . . A positive yet honest look into one family's journey with autism. (Library Journal)
Judith Newman redefines maternal love . . . The book is part Operating Instructions, part love letter to both her son and technology, and a totally engrossing read. Cancel your plans when you pick up this book because you'll want to read it cover to cover. (Annabelle Gurwitch)
I was riveted by To Siri with Love. Judith Newman doesn't just describe and analyze her son's brain, she paints it on the page, sings it, even dances to it in moments. Yes, this is a book about a boy. But more than that, it's a book about the myriad-and sometimes magical-lenses there are through which to see the world. I finished it with different eyes than the ones I began with. (Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion)
Beautiful, hilarious, and touching, Newman's journey is universally relatable. While exploring the complexities of being human, it is also, in the end, the enduring story of family and all the mysteries, crises, and unexpected joys therein. This book is 123.57 percent (and that may reflect my own spectrum issues) wonderful! (Sandra Tsing Loh, author of The Madwoman in the Volvo)
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There are much better books written for, written about and even written by autistic people. I'd advise you to avoid this particular ill conceived book and instead have a look at the works of Temple Grandin, John Elder Robinson, Keith Stuart or Steve Silberman.
"He could never be a real father". I don't even know where to begin with this. I am blessed with knowing many hundreds of autistic parents, the vast majority of whom do the most fantastic job of bringing up the most fantastic children. And almost none of whom would have been ready to do so at age 15. Or indeed age 18. We are not animals. We are people, and we deserve the same rights of privacy and dignity as others.
I hope her son forgives her, some day.
My advice is don’t buy, don’t read and bypass for something far more humane
I found this book to be immensely readable. I enjoyed getting to know Gus, Henry mum and John the dad.
I find people interesting and this is definitely a people book.
I am now more informed about people on the spectrum. I know now that everyone is different and that just because a child cannot do something now it doesn’t mean that they won’t get there in time.
The author Judith Newman is very open about herself, her marriage and her joys and struggles bringing up her twin boys. One is Henry and the other is Gus. Gus is on the spectrum and he comes across as a very open and loving young person who cannot understand the social cues and subtleties that enable most of us to get through life.
Gus makes friends too easily. Because of this his mother is afraid of him being taken advantage of. John is the twins dad but he is thirty years older than Judith and has his own issues including an inability to actually live in the same home as his family.
Siri in the title is of course the Apple assistant. (I don’t have one). Gus loves Siri because Siri has no problem with answering endless questions and will read the same story over and over and never get tired of it as Siri is A. I.
Repletion seems to be one of the defining traits of being on the spectrum. Perhaps it helps the child/person to feel safe but this is where the technologies can help to dish out endless facts and will never be bored.
I felt very moved by this book. It is so human and full of a mother’s love. I felt enriched reading it. I understand that Gus is an individual and not a typical person on the spectrum. I should mention that the author live in New York and America is a very different place to live. I don’t know if we even have similar schools in the UK.
At the back of the book are pages of places for further information. It looks like there are many on the internet and may be of help if you are look ing for resources here.
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