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Cover of: Far From the Tree | Andrew Solomon
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Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down's syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, and who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.

All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent should parents accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on ten years of research and interviews with more than three-hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges.

Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far from the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other, a theme in every family’s life.

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6 editions First published in 2013

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Cover of: Far From the Tree
Cover of: Far From the Tree
Far From the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love
2013, Chatto & Windus
Hardcover in English
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Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
2012 November, Scribner
Hardcover in English - 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Cover of: Far From the Tree
Cover of: Far From the Tree
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
2014 September, Scribner Classics
Hardcover in English
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Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
2013 October, Scribner
Trade Paperback in English

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