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Off the Charts

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Off the Charts by Ann Hulbert
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Jan 22, 2019 | ISBN 9781101971321

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“Compelling. . . . Child prodigies have always been fascinating [and] today their lives resonate with special force.” —The Washington Post
“Part ode to young genius, part indictment of helicopter parenting, Hulbert’s crisply written account of überachieving kids probes our own complicated obsessions with talent and the need to stand out.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Engaging and insightful. . . . Hulbert approaches her dozen or so subjects not as a social scientist but as biographer and essayist, where her skills are superlative.” —The Wall Street Journal

“A profound, sensitive look at what it takes to make a child prodigy, and the unexpected ways that brilliance can play out in the long run.” —The Saturday Evening Post

“What can we learn, in a society dedicated to high-achieving children, from children who seem ‘naturally’ off the charts in their achievements? . . . [Hulbert] does the good work, throughout, of resisting morals or too neat generalizations.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

“Captures the complicated lives of child prodigies without descending into voyeurism or caricature. [Hulbert] has tried to ‘listen hard for the prodigies’ side of the story,’ to her great credit.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating if at times disturbing. . . . [Hulbert] makes clear, in this nuanced and meticulous book, that when it comes to the prodigy’s gift, the peril is indivisible from the glory.” —Newsday
“In this beautifully written, thoroughly reported look at young ‘geniuses,’ Hulbert poses fascinating questions about the roles of both genetics and pushy parents.” —Booklist (starred review)

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