Tuesday, January 22, 2013

'Far From the Tree' Charms Katie Couric and Others

Andrew Solomon’s “Far From the Tree” may have the most intriguing table of contents ever.
“Deaf,” “Dwarfs,” “Down Syndrome,” “Autism,” “Schizophrenia,” “Prodigies” and “Transgender” are some of the blunt chapter titles.
Solomon spent more than 10 years interviewing parents ofchildren who were different from them in a significant respect. He investigates questions such as how hearing parents can raise a deaf child to be fluent in both sign language and written English and whether it’s right to give hormone blockers to a pre-teen who wants a sex change.

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