Brilliant Idiot: An Autobiography of a Dyslexic

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This book chronicles one man’s battle to earn respect and an education, only to discover in mid-life that his severe mental "fog" was a serious learning disability. "Abe Schmitt’s towering portrayal is rich, meaningful, and poignant."

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This engaging life story chronicles one man's battle to earn both respect and an education, only to discover in mid-life that his severe mental "fog" was a serious learning disability. Dr. Abraham Schmitt was born and grew up in a nearly illiterate peasant Mennonite village in Saskatchewan. Even in this community which disparaged education, Schmitt lived with the scourge of being the village idiot. Given the opportunity, he left and followed a relentless internal urge to correct the mental contradictions he felt so painfully. The larger world was no kinder; his sense of failure grew only more keen and desperate. Until he learned about dyslexia. One man's on-going trial of living with a severe learning disability will bring greater sensitivity and hope to all who travel with Schmitt on this astonishing journey. "Abe Schmitt's towering portrayal is rich, meaningful, and poignant. It is a book of searing honesty in which the author portrays in unstinting detail the lifelong torments he has endured and overcome." - Milton Brutten, Ph.D., Council of Advisors, The Orton Dyslexia Society "Attests to an indomitable spirit." - Publishers Weekly "A truly remarkable book." - Bookends

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