Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

by Ron Suskind


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Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484741238
Publisher: Kingswell
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Series: ABC Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 268,382
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)

About the Author

RonSuskind isthe author of four New York Times bestsellers and the critically acclaimed, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City tothe Ivy League. His other books include, Confidence Men, The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine and The Price of Loyalty. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal,where he won the Pulitzer Prize, and is currently the Senior Fellow atHarvard's Center for Ethics. He lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Growing Backward 1

Chapter 2 Bumping Into Walls 30

Chapter 3 In Character 52

Chapter 4 Musical Chairs 78

Chapter 5 The Protekter of Sidekicks 94

Chapter 6 A Journey Song 120

Chapter 7 Magic Formulas 159

Chapter 8 Luck From Unluck 190

Chapter 9 Blessings, Undisguised 225

Chapter 10 The Movie Gods 252

Chapter 11 To Do it on his Own 287

Chapter 12 The Animated Life 316

Sidekicks 346

Acknowledgments 355

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Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic true story of two parents struggling to find a way to communicate with their son, who had a sudden onset of autism. Through disney movie quotes they are able to do this. These are real people - not characters - sharing their 20 year journey. It is beautiful and very moving, and gives a glimpse of the heartache, frustrations, difficulties, trimphs, and true unconditional, bottomless love of caring for an autistic or special needs family member.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this unique account of a family's milestones with a child with ASD. As a professional that interacts with this population daily, this book provided a window into the social issues within the immediate family structure that punctuate this diagnosis with the relevance of social difference and simultaneous acute high intelligence while reinforcing the social importance of individuals with this diagnosis. The implication of the author that this population's positive contribution to and ability to communicate with others has been overlooked because it is well camoflauged, is direct, rational and justified with personal accounts backed by their therapist's research. I especially enjoyed being taken on the journey of discovery as this family searches for new methods for connecting with their son as they learn more about his diagnosis.
Kant_read_enough_Liz More than 1 year ago
This book takes you through one family's struggle to reach their son, Owen, who has disappeared after autism appears. This books is hauntingly familiar to my Grandson's story and I am sure many other families will be able to relate to this family as they search to find Owen and bring him back from the darkness of autism. My family has been very fortunate with my Grandson and early intervention has been a saving grace to us along with the many dedicated professionals, similar to the many in this book. Autism is a very broad range diagnosis and covers many symptoms along with varying degrees of challenges. This story of how one family faces those challenges and brings Owen back to us all is just one of the many heroic stories that could be told by many families world wide. If you deal with autism read this you will know your struggles are not just yours!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. Story told so well, and so interestingly. Owen sounds like an amazing young man
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It was an ok book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book it was very interesting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It drives me insane when they don't tell you ANYTHING about the characters or the plot!
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