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Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

  • Hardcover $27.00

    Jul 11, 2017 | 240 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Jul 11, 2017 | 240 Pages

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Advance praise for Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

“Vibrant . . . In Mitchell and Yoshida’s deft translation, Higashida conveys this isolating mindset and his yearnings for connection and self-expression, in direct, evocative prose—his compulsive, restless motion, he writes, is ‘instinctual, like a wild animal running over a wide plain’—that provides readers with a window into a previously unknowable world.”Publishers Weekly 
“Illuminating . . . Higashida writes with confidence about his many interests, including nature and mathematics, and ‘the immutable beauties of autism,’ and he reckons himself lucky to be wired as he is. . . . Autism is a mysterious neurological condition. . . . Higashida gives us a thoughtful view of the art of living well in its shadow.”Kirkus Reviews
“Higashida’s accounts of thinking in images, feeling compelled to make repetitive movements and the difficulties and pleasures of communicating make this book totally captivating. . . . Readers will find this older Higashida not only eloquent and thoughtful, but also wise, measured and, most of all, kind.”BookPage
“Readers open to the benefits of differences, including ‘neurodiversity,’ will feel grateful that Higashida can use a typewriter-like alphabet grid to communicate and share his inner life in this can-do memoir.”Booklist

“Now that Naoki Higashida is a young adult, he has developed rich inner thoughts and he strives to learn more about the world around him. Until he was able to communicate with his alphabet grid, his loneliness was agony. He begs teachers and others who work with special-needs individuals to provide opportunities to learn and grow. A sheltered life is not paradise. Naoki maintains that to avoid impairment of personal development, he must have contact with ‘some of the hardships other people endure.’ This book is essential reading for parents and teachers of those with autism who remain nonverbal.”—Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures

“Compelling insight on every single page, gently challenging assumptions you didn’t even know you held on how others ‘should’ process the social and physical environments around us.”—Ellen Notbohm, author of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

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