"Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (remember her?)?
Check. What to Expect When You’re Expecting? Check. I had a seven hundred dollar Bellini crib for God’s sake! I was perfect. And so was Mia when she was born . . ."
...and so begins Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s journey raising three daughters with autism.
In these stories, Stagliano has joined the ranks of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs with her amazing ability to lay everything on the table—from family, friends, and enemies to basement floods to birthdays to (possible) heroin addictions—eviscerating and celebrating the absurd. From her love of Howard Stern to her increasing activism in the autism community and exhaustive search for treatments that will help her daughters, she covers it all. Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing—her “Kimoir” (as she calls it) will be a must-read within the autism community and the literary world at large.
About the Author
Kim Stagliano is a nationally recognized autism advocate and speaker. Although autism typically affects boys, Stagliano is in the unique position of having three daughters with full-blown autism, which has made her and her family the focus of national media attention. She is managing editor of ageofautism.com, the nation’s first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic. She writes for The Huffington Post, is on the editorial staff of The Autism File magazine, and is a feature writer for Spectrum Magazine. She speaks at national autism conferences and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News, Fox News, and blogs around the world, as well as in The Chicago Tribune and The National Catholic Register. A former sales and marketing executive, Stagliano lives in Connecticut with her family.
Laugh out loud funny!
|Well, How Did I Get Here?||p. 4|
|Chinese Food Always Leaves Me Hungry||p. 14|
|When Did You First Know?||p. 19|
|Sex Time!||p. 32|
|Howard Stern Every Day||p. 34|
|Always on Our Toes||p. 40|
|Bella's Birthday Blues||p. 43|
|What Does Autism Look Like?||p. 48|
|A Career Takes Root||p. 58|
|It's a Small World. But a Big Hotel||p. 63|
|Now Entering the Age of Autism||p. 72|
|The Autism Marriage: Soul Mates or Cell Mates?||p. 82|
|A Paper Mitten on the Giving Tree||p. 88|
|New Word: The Stagtastrophe||p. 92|
|The Things We Do for Love||p. 99|
|The Little Green House||p. 107|
|The Middle Child||p. 117|
|Up, Up, and Away||p. 125|
|Don't Ask. Don't Tell||p. 131|
|Another Night in the Holiday Inn Express||p. 139|
|Does Heroin Feel This Good?||p. 146|
|Dr.Wakefield and the Anti-Vaxxers||p. 151|
|Mother Superior||p. 166|
|Beef: It's What's for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner||p. 173|
|You've Got to Fertilize the Roses||p. 178|
|My Turn||p. 189|
|Glossary of Terms||p. 196|
|Author's Note||p. 198|
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Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45