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    Naoki Higashida(Author)

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From the author of the bestselling The Reason I Jump, an extraordinary self-portrait of life as a young adult with autism

Naoki Higashida was only thirteen when he wrote The Reason I Jump, a revelatory account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal Japanese child, which became an international success.

Now he shares his thoughts and experiences as a twenty-four-year-old man living each day with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, Higashida explores school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He also allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted, like the thought-steps necessary for him to register that it's raining outside. Acutely aware of how strange his behavior can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems.

With an introduction by bestselling novelist David Mitchell, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 also includes a dreamlike short story Higashida wrote especially for this edition. Both moving and of practical use, this book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets every challenge with tenacity and good humor. However often he falls down, he always gets back up.

Praise for Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

"[Naoki Higashida's] success as a writer now transcends his diagnosis. . . . His relative isolation--with words as his primary connection to the outside world--has allowed him to fully develop the powers of observation that are necessary for good writing, and he has developed rich, deep perspectives on ideas that many take for granted. . . . The diversity of Higashida's writing, in both subject and style, fits together like a jigsaw puzzle of life put in place with humor and thoughtfulness."--The Japan Times

"Profound insights about what the struggle of living with autism is really like . . . Once again, the invitation to step inside Higashida's mind is irresistible."--London Evening Standard

"Naoki Higashida's lyrical and heartfelt account of his condition is a gift to anyone involved with the same challenges. . . . Higashida shows a delicate regard for the difficulties his condition creates . . . and is adept at explaining his experiences in language that makes sense to neurotypicals."--The Guardian

"Wise and witty, [Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8] offers a second insider's insight into the mysteries of non-verbal autism--but this time from the vantage point of a young adult. . . . Moving . . . Higashida's reflections are at times refreshingly hard-nosed [and] his self-awareness is uplifting."--Financial Times

"[Naoki Higashida's] thoughtful, syntactically complex writing puts the lie to the already dubious characterization of such individuals as 'low-functioning.'"--Toronto Star

Praise for The Reason I Jump-One of the most remarkable books I've ever read.---Jon Stewart-The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . It will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.---Andrew Solomon, The Times (UK)-Amazing times a million.---Whoopi Goldberg, People-Extraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies.---The Boston GlobePraise for The Reason I Jump"One of the most remarkable books I've ever read."--Jon Stewart"The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . It will stretch your vision of what it is to be human."--Andrew Solomon, The Times (UK)"Amazing times a million."--Whoopi Goldberg, People"Extraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies."--The Boston Globe"One of the most remarkable books I've ever read."--Jon Stewart"The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . It will stretch your vision of what it is to be human."--Andrew Solomon, The Times (UK)"Amazing times a million."--Whoopi Goldberg, People"Extraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies."--The Boston Globe "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 PicturesAdvance praise for Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

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  • PDF | 206 pages
  • Naoki Higashida(Author)
  • Random House (11 July 2017)
  • English
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  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By MRS D. D. on 3 August 2017

    So good to read of the progress of this young lad. I had already bought his first book "The reason I jump" Will look forward to all future books from this very brave lad. All good wishes. Thank you, Mrs D. D.

  • By K. E. Upton on 3 August 2017

    Very interesting update to the book the Reason I Jump. Excellent insights into a world of one young man on the autism spectrum and his way of thinking. I particularly liked 33,34 and 35. Very wise, Thought provoking

  • By ann chamberlain on 29 July 2017

    Bought 2 copies as was recommended on radio 4

  • By Chrisintherise on 1 August 2017

    good delivery time and brilliant book

  • By valerie brook on 14 September 2017

    I bought this book after listening to it serialised on Radio 4, because I have a nephew who has an autistic five year old boy and felt that this could help them in some way.

  • By Jo Durie on 14 August 2017

    Found this book very enlightening and sometimes uncomfortable reading but very helpful if you have any family or friends who are autistic. I would recommend it highly. It has made me much more aware of how our small grandchild might be feeling and therefore,I hope, treating him in a better and slightly different way.

  • By Diva on 14 August 2017

    Was very good


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