Following Ezra

Following Ezra

What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, And Love From His Extraordinary Son

Book - 2011
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A heartwarming, intimate and amusing memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son.

When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was three and showing early signs of autism, a therapist suggested that the father needed to grieve.
"For what?" he asked.
The answer: "For the child he didn't turn out to be."
That moment helped strengthen the author's resolve to do just the opposite: to love the child Ezra was, a quirky boy with a fascinating and complex mind. Full of tender moments and unexpected humor, Following Ezra is the story of a father and son on a ten-year journey from Ezra's diagnosis to the dawn of his adolescence. It celebrates his growth from a remote toddler to an extraordinary young man, connected in his own remarkable ways to the world around him.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c2011
ISBN: 9780451234636
0451234634
Branch Call Number: B FIELDS-MEYER
Characteristics: xii, 241 pages ;,21 cm

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tuesdayswithlori May 29, 2013

I read this book a while ago and was so moved that I bought a copy for myself and for my in-laws and for my parents. I have an autistic son who is so much like this author's boy that I really wept at his bar mitzvah scene. What hope! I also really connected with the author since I have done the same thing with my son, followed him and really watched. It is a beautiful thing. I think this book really helped my parents and in-laws to better understand their grandson. It is a great book.

Tenessa Oct 17, 2012

I found this book to be an heart felt story of a father's love for his son. It was well written and had many tender stories as well as a rare glimpse into the mind of a special child that sees the world so differently from most of us. I felt touched to read a story with so much love and humanity in it. It offers hope to all children with special needs that they can get along in the world alright, if there are people to guide them along the way.

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