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Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism Hardcover – Mar 29 2011


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670065102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670065103
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A skeptical, darkly humorous take on autism.” - The Globe and Mail

“If you want a highly readable, informative and, dare say, entertaining telling of what a family, and a marriage especially, goes through when hit with autism spectrum disorders, look no further.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“Joel Yanofsky has taken on just about the hardest of literary tasks, writing about life with an autistic child without succumbing either to sentimentality or bitterness—producing a book that seems both truthful, in its refusal to put too bright a face on a hard reality, and tender, in its insistence on the mysteries of love.” - Adam Gopnik, author of The Table Comes First and Paris to the Moon

Sardonically funny and heartfelt enough to draw tears, an immensely satisfying read for parents of disabled and non-disabled children alike…. A funny, deeply moving and refreshingly honest memoir of raising an autistic child. - Gazette (Montreal)

Writers … show their capacity for greatness when they point their talent at something they love. Joel Yanofsky has done just that: written a marvelous book about a child he adores—his son. - David Gilmour, author of THE FILM CLUB --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

JOEL YANOFSKY is the author of the essay collection Homo Erectus ... And Other Popular Tales of True Romance, the novel Jacob's Ladder, and the memoir Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Village Voice, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the National Post, and The Walrus. He is a regular book reviewer for The Montreal Gazette, where he also writes a business column.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By musique on June 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
This unflinching memoir is both moving and, in places, very funny. Like all his previous books, which I also highly recommend, "Bad Animals" is a very well written, intelligent and humorous work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eve Gotlieb on June 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
A brilliant and enlightening book about one family's experience with Autism. Joel Yanofsky's writing is extremely witty, rye, and heartfelt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Les on June 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a very moving account of autism from a loving father's perspective. The author is refreshingly honest and tells the story of his son's life so far..the good and the bad!! I couldn't put it down, and have a new appreciation for families touched by autism. Can't wait for the sequel.
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