I'm a reader, a writer, and a teacher. There is no subject I'll shy away from. While others might urge you to pick up the latest beach read, I invite you to dig deep emotionally and read this selection of memoirs written by parents of exceptional children. Each story will change the way you think about parenting and teach you something wonderful about wholehearted living.
The Shape of the Eye by George Estreich. Winner of the Oregon Book Award, this memoir highlights Estreich's journey as a father of a daughter with Down Syndrome. From birth through Laura's first years, readers learn about the challenges one parent faces when navigating family relationships and marriage, interacting with the medical community and schools. You'll reconsider the way you think and talk about children with Down Syndrome.
The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp. Certainly a tender portrait of Rapp's relationship with her son who was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease as an infant and who died weeks before the memoir's publication, yet this book is also a meditation on all kinds of grief. Lyrical and thoughtful, it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.