Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism

Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism

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The groundbreaking true story of two mothers, worlds apart, united in a struggle to connect with their autistic sons.

Emmy(r)-winning art director Portia Iversen's life was turned upside down when her son Dov was diagnosed with autism. But when she heard a miraculous story of a woman in India who had taught her own severely autistic son to communicate, she brought Soma and Tito Mukhopadhyay from Bangalore to America to help researchers better understand this amazing feat. Strange Son is the extraordinary account of two families who made astonishing discoveries about the nature of autism and redefined how the world can interact with those who suffer from the disorder.

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ISBN-13: 9780743538299
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Portia Iversen, an Emmy(r) Awardwinning art director, has been a vigorous proponent of autism research since her son Dov was diagnosed with the condition in 1994. Together with her husband, Jon Shestack, she established the Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN), one of the largest nongovernmental funding resources for autism research worldwide. Website:

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Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
dayle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. It gives hope, sheds light, details a wonderful less-traveled journey - everything a wonderful novel should be, yet it is a true story! I laughed, I cried, I wondered about the beautiful poetry, and the mind that bore those words. I would highly recommend it to all, especially those who seek insight in to the autistic mind.
ridge83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love introduced two mothers, one who lived in India and the other in the United States. Their passion to seek health for their children, both afflicted by autism, brought the two women across continents and over oceans. Each stimulated the other with her fervor to find medical breakthroughs. Their story is exciting and uplifting. There is within Strange Son a sadness, but this in truth is a hopeful book. The mothers expect that medical research will find a solution for the cruelty of autism, and in Strange Son they show us that the lushness of family love continues to be the greatest therapy. -- Maya AngelouStrange Son is the extraordinary account of two families who redefined how autism-and autistic people-should be treated, all the while helping to answer some of autism's most baffling questions and prompting new research. Iversen weaves the twin stories of Soma and Tito (and how Soma's methods mystified experts) together with her own story of how she and her family came to understand Dov. The result is a book suffused with uplifting human drama.
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pwee More than 1 year ago
i must admit that I was intranced by iverson's writing to the start, her descriptions were vivid, expecially in the beginning paragraph. But, after curiosity had driven me to look the book up on the internet, the sentiment and wrongfulness of the novel struck me, and it was extremely dificult to finish. I hadn't thought the book to be overly offensive towards autistic persons, but when I read Tito Mukhopadhyay's personal review of the novel, claiming that it was hurtful and betraying, in the sense that iverson was his friend, at one time, stole away this appreciation. I noticed that, truthful to Tito's words, the author used comparisons such as "beastly" and "martian-like", and had even used some of these to describe her own son. In this novel, Iverson studied Tito's condition, being autism, and attempted to find an explination/prevention for the disease, spending more time doing this, i personally thought, than in spending time with her own son, whom needed her most, along with her husband, left to look over Dove. The novel wasn't tyrant-like towards autistics, but, on behalf that she hadn't gained Tito's permission before publication, is very wrong in sentiment, and therefore shouldn't gain appraisal from thoughtful readers.