A Regular Guy: Growing up with Autism

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A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism is a memoir about life with an autistic son, Matthew, written from his mother s perspective. It answers the many questions that people have about autism through the story of Matthew s life spanning from babyhood to young adulthood. A Regular Guy illustrates the many ways in which family, friends and strangers are touched by Matthew s desperate desire to be a regular guy, and how his brutal honesty and social awkwardness bring out the best and worst in people in touching and humorous ways. In turn, A Regular Guy leads readers to love and accept Matthew, quirks and all, and inspires them to understand and tolerate the differences in others.

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Laura Shumaker is a regular contributor to NPR Perspectives. Her essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, the East Bay Monthly, Hallmark Magazine, Exceptional Parent Magazine and in several anthologies, including Voices of Autism (LaChance 2008). She lives in northern California with her husband and three sons.

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In Laura Shumaker's thoughtful portrait of her families struggle with autism, we explore the journey that anyone touched by disability must navigate. Her writing is elegant. Her lessons are invaluable --Mark Trautwein, NPR Perspectives, KQED San Francisco

A must read for all families affected by autism, professionals who care for children and adults on the autism spectrum, and for those who wish to get a better understanding of what it is like to wear the shoes of a mother striving to do the best for her special needs son. --Ricki G. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H.Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine; Scientific Advisory Board Member, Autism Speaks.

Laura Shumaker has written a book with sensitivity, warmth, and intelligence. On one level its theme is autism; on another it is about tragedy, hope, resilience, and above all, loving. --Clinical Professor of Medicine; Chair, Editorial Board, UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

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