Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Feature: Far from the Tree: Parent, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

I am so intrigued with this massive nerdy delight of a book. Yes, it's over 900 pages and the likelihood I finish it anytime soon is, well, not likely. So there. But I couldn't wait. I wanted to talk about it and atleast feature it so all of you would know how truly remarkable it is.

I have read several parts so far and have also requested it on audio to shake it up a bit. It is wonderful. Andrew Solomon, award winning author of The Noonday Demon, is masterful in his delivery of such complicated and dense subjects; from Dwarfism to Autism to Schizophrenia. Over 250 people were interviewed and their stories shared here. Over 10 years in the making. My fascination with development and psychology and what makes us who we are definitely makes this book for me. 

Check out this feature in Shelf Awareness which prompted me to blog about this book today, long before I actually finished it.

Andrew Solomon, Shelf Awareness.

Also, check out a sample of the audio here.

This book is hefty and probably wouldn't make the ideal holiday gift but it's worth a read, even if it's in small chunks. My mind is still spinning from information. 

Far From the Tree; Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Non-Fiction
Release Date: November 2012
Price: $35.00
Pages: 976


Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child

4 comments:

Jo said...

It's nice to read your thoughts on the book (at least, so far). :) I just got this from my library this evening, and I'm looking forward to starting the book over the weekend.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds interesting!

Jenny said...

This is a topic I'm interested in as well, but the size of the book intimidates me!

Stacy at The Novel Life said...

I wondered what this book was about - it sounds fascinating! And I bet with your little munchkin, topics regarding development can be so educational.
I hope your Thanksgiving has been a wonderful day filled with lots of love, laughter and turkey!