Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
One of the most important parenting books of last year was Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree. I’m not usually a cryer–my eyes stayed dry during all of Les Miserables–but this book made me weep. The sections on autism and schizophrenia are particularly insightful, surprising and heartbreaking. Far from the Tree goes into intense detail about what it’s like to parent children who are out of the ordinary. What would you do if you had a child who was deaf, autistic, schizophrenic, brilliant or became a murderer? Your whole identity as a parent will be altered just by pondering such big questions.
Don’t have time to read Solomon’s 700-page book? (It took me 20 hours.) He will be featured on Katie Couric’s show, Katie, this afternoon. He is bringing along some of the parents he interviewed. I anxiously read about these achingly real and relatable people, and I want to see them speak about their children–and how they’ve tried to improve their lives–on Katie’s show. Click this link to watch the teaser for the episode.
Check out Katie today. It airs at 3 p.m. EST on ABC on the East Coast. Are you as moved by the stories in Far From the Tree as I am?