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The Reason I Jump : The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida and Ka Yoshida and David Mitchell


Overview - One of the most remarkable books I ve ever read. It s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid. Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR The Wall Street Journal Bloomberg Business Bookish
FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
You ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump .
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More About The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida; Ka Yoshida; David Mitchell
 
 
 
Overview
One of the most remarkable books I ve ever read. It s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid. Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR The Wall Street Journal Bloomberg Business Bookish
FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
You ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly? Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks? Why don t you make eye contact when you re talking? and What s the reason you jump? (Naoki s answer: When I m jumping, it s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky. ) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship. This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.
Praise for The Reason I Jump
This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind. Chicago Tribune (Editor s Choice)
Amazing times a million. Whoopi Goldberg, People
The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human. Andrew Solomon, The Times (U.K.)
Extraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies. The Boston Globe
Small but profound . . . Higashida s] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind. Parade"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780812994865
  • ISBN-10: 0812994868
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 135


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Psychology > Psychopathology - Autism
Books > Family & Relationships > Autism Spectrum Disorders

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Just thirteen years old, effectively unable to speak , Higashida used a special alphabet grid to compose this slim, informative book, which provides an unprecedented look into the mind of a young person with autism. Constructed in a series of questions and answers, interspersed with short fictional stories, Higashida gallantly attempts to explain why he and others with autism do the things they do, which often confound caretakers and onlookers. He bares his heart by putting forth the questions people ask, or long to ask—such as "why do you talk so loudly and weirdly?" and "do you have a sense of time?"—providing insight into the life of someone with autism. Higashida often achieves a clarity and wisdom that is surprising for such a young person, like when he suggests that autism should be viewed as simply another personality type. Other times the reader is reminded of his age, when he earnestly pleads on behalf of himself and others with autism for understanding and patience. The result is a mixture of invaluable anecdotal information, practical advice and whimsical self-expression. This is imperative for Higashida because, as he so elegantly puts it, "being able to share what I think allows me to understand that I, too, exist in this world as a human being." (Sept.)

 
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