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    Oliver Sacks,Clara Claiborne Park
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Exiting Nirvana is a strong and affecting profile of an artist with autism, beautifully written by her mother. Skillfully weaving in theories of autism with the experience of raising an autistic child.

Exiting Nirvana is a strong and affecting profile of an artist with autism, beautifully written by her mother.

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Exiting Nirvana" is a strong and affecting profile of an artist with autism, beautifully written by her mother. Skillfully weaving in theories of autism with the experience of raising an autistic child, Park goes beyond individual history to address the wider question of what it means to be human. -from the National Magazine Awards presentation.

Praise for Clara Claiborne Park’s Exiting Nirvana

Praise for Clara Claiborne Park’s Exiting Nirvana. A Daughter’s Life with Autism. As much as Exiting Nirvana succeeds in bringing us into the world of autism, perhaps its greater accomplishment is in making us reconsider whatever we thought we knew about what it means to be human in the first place. David Royko, Chicago Tribune. This book will help both parents and professionals to have a greater understanding of the mind of a person with autism. author of Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism. A fascinating journey into the autistic mind.

A Daughter's Life with Autism. by Clara Claiborne Park. Clara Claiborne Park continues the story of her autistic daughter Jessy. An honest and captivating story of emergence, perseverance, and love. Now, in Exiting Nirvana, Clara Claiborne Park continues the story of her daughter Jessy.

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EXITING NIRVANA A Daughter's Life With Autism. Autism affects half a million Americans, and countless others worldwide. Thought to be largely genetic in origin, it is usually diagnosed in infancy; there is no cure, only palliative treatments of widely variable efficacy.

Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter’s Life with Autism by Clara Claiborne Park (2002)

Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter’s Life with Autism by Clara Claiborne Park (2002). In addition to a memorable appearance in Oliver Sacks’ book An Anthropologist on Mars (1996), Temple Grandin has written several subsequent books and has lectured widely about her experiences. She has become an expert in animal handling and continues to pursue. Box 4 From The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Haddon 2003: p. 4).

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I read an excerpt of this book in Harper's magazine before I found the book itself and was mesmerized by the account of living with an autistic child - written by of the parent of one. It is clear that Clara Claiborne Park, the mother of Jessy Park, has also tried to understand her daughter's perceptions of the world, at least as much as any non-autistic person can, and to reveal that world to "outsiders" (those with no first-hand experience being with an autistic person). She has done an admirable job. I've read quite a bit about autism and autistic children and this book ranks among the best. In addition to her own feelings, Jessy's mother uses Jessy's own quotations and poems to try and help others understand her daughter's world. Like another relatively well-knonw autistic, Temple Grandin, Jessy is a "high-functioning" autistic. She can hold down a job, she has had art exhibitions of her drawings and she attended school for many years. Still, her world is far from what most of us would call normal and her social interactions with people outside her family are still rather limited. She has trouble with unexpected changes in her usual routine and she has never fallen in love, at least not with another person. She sees the world in minute detail in some areas, creating drawings that are extemely precise and accurate, and yet fails to grasp the subtle nuances of social give and take, the emotional vocabulary so many of us take for granted. What I found particularly fascinating about this book was the way it changed my perspective about what normalcy is. If you read this book, would strongly recommend getting a look at Jessy's drawings wometime, whether at an exhibition or however else you may find them (perhaps searching down that back issue of Harpers; wish I remembered the issue off the top of my head). Her drawings of routine objects, particularly houses, are striking for their attention to detail and a shimmering vibrant sense of color that goes beyond simple copying of what is in front of her eyes. I wish I could see the world as she does for just one day, not because it would be better than the way I see the world now, not because I have any romantic illusions that the autistic leads a charmed life (no one reading this book could feel that way) but because I would like to know what that world was like, in all its beauty, pain and alienation.
Good job. Gets bogged down at times, but Ms. Park does an excellent job of recognizing this. She often explains that if we feel a little lost in the explanation, it is a normal experience. Great insight into an unusual perspective on life.
I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in autism or aspbergers syndrome. Read this one after you've read Temple Grandin's autobiography.
Cannot recommend this book highly enough. So well written, well-described and interesting. Such a fine objective, yet sympathetic observations. I just loved this book.
Good to read! It is a good story about a girl who has autism. And how fantastic her mom is!
The Siege was better.
Very disappointed in purchase as halfway through the book part over a dozen pages were 3/4 cut out throughout the remaining book.
Exiting Nirvana" is a mother's account of her autistic daughter, Jessy, and Jessy's life from her teens until the time the book was was published, when Jessy was in her early 40s. I found that the way the chapters of the book were presented was a little bit odd. Instead of starting with Jessy's teens and moving forward, showing her progress that way, the author divides the chapters into aspects of Jessy's behavior and life: i.e., the way Jessy talks and the ways she thinks. I found that some of the chapters seemed to be haphazardly written. Ideas didn't seem to flow easily from one paragraph to the next and were hard to follow. The author spent a lot of time discussing Jessy's obsession with numbers and this portion was especially confusing. I wasn't sure exactly what point the author was trying to get across...other than the fact that Jessy was obsessed with numbers and tended to look at the world that way. Later chapters, however, were quite well written, and I think the author had easier time discussing Jessy's life when Jessy herself was easier for the author to understand.
In many ways I thought the book was too short. I wanted to know more about Jessy, particularly about how she interacted with her father and her siblings, which the author barely touches on. We know that Jessy has siblings, but how Jessy fit in with them and interacted with them is rarely mentioned. There is a brief mention of Jessy moving the family cat's water dish, but that was the only clue that the family had any pets, so I was also left wondering how Jessy interacted with the family's pets.
However, I do think that "Exiting Nirvana" is helpful in understanding the way an autistic mind works, and is an interesting read for that alone.