The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism (Hardcover)
One of the most remarkable books Ive ever read. Its truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
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KA Yoshida was born in Yamaguchi, Japan, majored in English poetry at Notre Dame Seishin University.
David Mitchell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten.
KA Yoshida and David Mitchell live in Ireland with their two children.
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Youve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly? Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks? Why dont you make eye contact when youre talking? and Whats the reason you jump? (Naokis answer: When Im jumping, its as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insightsinto the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memoryare so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naokis words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship. This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so theyd be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naokis book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.
Praise for The Reason I Jump
A rare road map into the world of severe autism . . . [Higashidas] insights . . . unquestionably give those of us whose children have autism just a little more patience, allowing us to recognize the beauty in odd behaviors where perhaps we saw none.People (3-1/2 stars)
Small but profound . . . [Higashidas] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.Parade
This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mindwhat its like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why its so impossible to hold someone elses hand. Of course, theres a wide range of behavior here; thats why on the spectrum has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes.Chicago Tribune (Editors Choice)
Amazing times a million.Whoopi Goldberg, People
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|Publisher Date||2013-08-27 00:00:00.0|
|Publisher||Random House Inc|
|Unit weight||0.6 lb|
|Subtitle||The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism|
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