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Strange Son

by Portia Iversen

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Love introduced two mothers, one who lived in India and the other in the United States. Their passion to seek health for their children, both afflicted by autism, brought the two women across continents and over oceans. Each stimulated the other with her fervor to find medical breakthroughs. Their story is exciting and uplifting. There is within Strange Son a sadness, but this in truth is a hopeful book. The mothers expect that medical research will find a solution for the cruelty of autism, and in Strange Son they show us that the lushness of family love continues to be the greatest therapy. -- Maya Angelou

Strange Son is the extraordinary account of two families who redefined how autism-and autistic people-should be treated, all the while helping to answer some of autism's most baffling questions and prompting new research. Iversen weaves the twin stories of Soma and Tito (and how Soma's methods mystified experts) together with her own story of how she and her family came to understand Dov. The result is a book suffused with uplifting human drama.
  ridge83 | May 14, 2009 |
This is one of my favorite books. It gives hope, sheds light, details a wonderful less-traveled journey - everything a wonderful novel should be, yet it is a true story! I laughed, I cried, I wondered about the beautiful poetry, and the mind that bore those words. I would highly recommend it to all, especially those who seek insight in to the autistic mind. ( )
  dayle | Jan 24, 2009 |
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The author traces her partnership with a mother from India, with whom she united in a shared effort to communicate with their severely autistic sons and discovered breakthroughs that challenged prevailing theories about autism.

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