Bad Animals

Bad Animals

A Father's Accidental Education in Autism

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Joel Yanofsky tried for years to start this memoir. "It's not just going to be about autism," he told his wife, Cynthia. "It's going to be about parenthood and marriage, about hope and despair, and storytelling, too."

"Marriage?" Cynthia said. "What about marriage?"

A veteran book reviewer, Yanofsky has spent a lifetime immersed in literature (not to mention old movies and old jokes), which he calls shtick. This account of a year in the life of a family describes a father's struggle to enter his son's world, the world of autism, using the materials he knows best: self-help books, feel-good memoirs, literary classics from the Bible to Dr. Seuss, old movies, and, yes, shtick . Funny, wrenching, and unfailingly candid, Bad Animals is both an exploration of a baffling condition and a quirky love story told by a gifted writer.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780670065103
Branch Call Number: 616.8982 YAN 2011 22
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 24 cm


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debwalker Apr 18, 2011

"Strange is not a word he should use, it's not quite politically correct, but sometimes Joel Yanofsky can think of no other way to describe life with his son, Jonah, life with autism.
Jonah's often baffling behaviour poses endless challenges for his parents. Their love for Jonah and for each other, and their attempts to accommodate one another's foibles and flaws are what make up the wonderful new memoir Bad Animals, which hit stores on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2)."
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