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Author Archive: "Colin Meloy"

Colin Meloy: What I’m Giving

In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily to see the books your favorite authors are gifting.

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I was actually planning on buying large quantities of Naoki Higashida's The Reason I Jump, translated from the Japanese by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell, for all my nearest and dearest. The book is a bit of a revelation: in it, Higashida describes the interior world of a kid on the autism spectrum with clarity and deftness. The fact that the book even exists is an inspiration — Higashida is autistic himself and is completely nonverbal. He used an adaptive device to dictate the text.

The book feels like a much-needed primer on the autistic world, in the voice of an autistic boy, and is absolutely a must-read for anyone who is connected to someone on the spectrum. My son Hank was diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half. Immediately after getting the diagnosis, my wife and I buried ourselves in books and blogs about autism, trying to ...

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