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Life as Jamie Knows It


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Michael Berube is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Penn State University. The author of ten books, including The Secret Life of Stories- From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read, he lives with his family in State College, Pennsylvania. From the Hardcover edition.


"While the author clearly paints the life of an adult with Down syndrome as one hinging on the compassion and understanding of others, he also paints Jamie's experience and immersion into the world as a story of triumph, bravery, independence, and great self-awareness. An inspiring family scrapbook offering hopeful reinforcement for parents in similar situations."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Berube succeeds warmly at humanizing his son."
--Booklist "In brilliantly illuminating prose, Michael Berube's joyful and heartfelt book about his son, Jamie, describes with grace and passion the humanity that we all share, no matter how many chromosomes we possess."
--Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother's Story "Twenty years after Life as We Know It--his groundbreaking memoir of raising a son with Down syndrome--Michael Berube's Life as Jamie Knows It resumes the story with verve. Berube's narrative is loving, unsentimental, and sharply funny, and his insights into disability are unmatched. A necessary book."
--George Estreich, author of The Shape of the Eye "In this poignant and genuine collaboration between father and son, Michael Berube draws from Jamie's lived experiences in school, at work, and on the playing field to reflect on the profound philosophical dilemmas surrounding how we measure human worth. Touching and witty without being sentimental, Life as Jamie Knows It should be required family reading."
--Rachel Adams, author of Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery

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