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A Life Beyond Reason

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A Life Beyond Reason by Chris Gabbard
May 28, 2019 | ISBN 9780807060575
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“This is both a memoir of a child’s short life and a father’s journey from an academic who thought that love was a weakness to a thoughtful, questioning adult who values the capacity to give and receive love. Parents and caregivers will find plenty of inspiration in these moving, empathetic pages.”
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“A timely exploration of medical error, a moving disability memoir, and an elegy for the blithe spirit of a much-loved child.”
—Sandra M. Gilbert, coauthor of The Madwoman in the Attic

“This gorgeously eloquent memoir is . . . in the top most moving, troubling, and ultimately rewarding reading experiences I’ve ever had.”
—Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen

“Gabbard writes with wit and humility about how caring for August prompted him to reexamine his deepest assumptions about the value and purpose of human life. This book should be required reading for parents, caregivers, teachers, and doctors.”
—Rachel Adams, author of Raising Henry

A Life Beyond Reason is an extraordinary book, telling a story that needs to be told—and heard. It is a story of extreme caregiving . . . . It is also a story of enduring love, and the way that loving someone with a disability can change your world . . . . This bracingly unsentimental book is moving, illuminating, and deeply rewarding.”
—Michael Bérubé, author of Life As Jaime Knows It

—Terry Castle, author of The Literature of Lesbianism

“A must read.”
—Lennard Davis, author of Enabling Acts

“If you have ever questioned the very foundation of your beliefs—you will want to read this book.”
—Andrea Lunsford, author of The Everyday Writer

“Invites you to bask in its heartening warmth.”
—Ralph James Savarese, author of Reasonable People

“Candid and unexpected.”
—Mike Northen, editor of Wordgathering

“Gabbard’s story of his son August’s life will leave you thinking about . . . the very definition of being alive and human.”
—Mark Woods, author of Lassoing the Sun

“Loving and unsentimental . . . Chris Gabbard deftly explores the fraught, overlapping territories of caregiving, parenting, disability, and medicine.”
—George Estreich, author of The Shape of the Eye

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