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Exiting nirvana : a daughter's life with autism / Clara Claiborne Park ; foreword by Oliver Sacks.

By: Park, Clara Claiborne
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2001Edition: 1st edDescription: xiv, 225 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cmISBN: 0316691178Subject(s): Art and music therapies | Books by parents | Understanding autism | Autobiographies and memoirs | Biographies | Across the lifespan | Autistic women and girls | Resources for parents | Adulthood | Family life | Communication | Parent-led advocacy | GiftednessSummary: "Exiting Nirvana details Clara Claiborne Park’s continuing efforts to have her adult daughter Jessy develop as an artist and connect with our world. “Park has been both mother and anthropologist, recording verbal and social breakthroughs and setbacks, administering praise and succor. She describes the serene insularity of the autist’s ‘Nirvana,’ and observes collisions between the autistic and external worlds. She’s urged Jessy to enter, ‘yet never entirely,’ the extraordinary dailiness inhabited by nonautistic people. In incisive, often exquisite prose, Park affords entry into Jessy’s and her own remarkable journey between the two” (Publishers Weekly). “Beautifully written . . . a fascinating excursion into an otherworldly mind.”—The New York Times “Park’s second book on her daughter Jessy (the first appeared in 1967, when Jessy was eight) is a perceptive, detailed, and empathetic account not of autism but of the experience of autism . . . A warm, levelheaded, neither overly optimistic nor overly glorified book that proves very rewarding.”—Booklist “This beautifully crafted portrait of an autistic adult artist includes color reproductions of Jessy’s paintings, with descriptions in her own handwriting.”—Library Journal “This beautifully written book is must-reading—and not only for those seeking an understanding of autism.”—Bernard Rimland, Director, The Autism Research Institute"
List(s) this item appears in: Autistic women & girls
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"Exiting Nirvana details Clara Claiborne Park’s continuing efforts to have her adult daughter Jessy develop as an artist and connect with our world. “Park has been both mother and anthropologist, recording verbal and social breakthroughs and setbacks, administering praise and succor. She describes the serene insularity of the autist’s ‘Nirvana,’ and observes collisions between the autistic and external worlds. She’s urged Jessy to enter, ‘yet never entirely,’ the extraordinary dailiness inhabited by nonautistic people. In incisive, often exquisite prose, Park affords entry into Jessy’s and her own remarkable journey between the two” (Publishers Weekly).

“Beautifully written . . . a fascinating excursion into an otherworldly mind.”—The New York Times

“Park’s second book on her daughter Jessy (the first appeared in 1967, when Jessy was eight) is a perceptive, detailed, and empathetic account not of autism but of the experience of autism . . . A warm, levelheaded, neither overly optimistic nor overly glorified book that proves very rewarding.”—Booklist

“This beautifully crafted portrait of an autistic adult artist includes color reproductions of Jessy’s paintings, with descriptions in her own handwriting.”—Library Journal

“This beautifully written book is must-reading—and not only for those seeking an understanding of autism.”—Bernard Rimland, Director, The Autism Research Institute"