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|Kyra Anderson chronicles life as a homeschooling mom and writer on her blog, thismom.com. Her work has appeared in Tiny Lights, Bust Out, and 100 Hats, among other small presses. Her memoir, How My Son's Asperger's Saved My Ass, is not yet published. She lives in New England with her son and children's book writer/illustrator husband, David Milgrim.|
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Vicki Forman is the author of This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner, 2009), winner of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Bakeless Prize. Her work has appeared in the Seneca Review, the Santa Monica Review, and the anthologies Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs and Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. She lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
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Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner in the Parenting–Special & Exceptional Needs category
Finalist in the Anthologies/Non-Fiction category of the 2010 International Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
View the universe of autism--its marvels, chaos, and life-changing impacts--through the eyes of the contributors to Gravity Pulls You In. In 33 essays and poems, mothers and fathers raising children on the autism spectrum explore their lives in the context of autism's gravity, discovering what's important and what they find centering.
Editors Kyra Anderson
and Vicki Forman, both parents and writers, have crafted this anthology to encourage a sense of connection among parents and transcend divisive autism politics. In addition to a foreword by John Elder Robison, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Look Me in the Eye, and a regular contributor to Psychology Today, the creative group of contributors are accomplished writers, and many also hold day jobs as scientists, professors, teachers, actors, advocates, and therapists. Their slice-of-life depictions are a refreshing departure from the usual diagnosis/grief/acceptance arc of many autism accounts, and serve as a reminder that life is lived in the many small, everyday moments.
Readers are invited into contributors' lives where they're sure to find an attitude, a circumstance, an epiphany they can relate to. Within these accounts of fierce love and keen regard for their unique children, lie moments of exceptional clarity and transformation, such as one mother’s story about her full circle reconciliation to a home movie depicting her son's perseverative behavior and another's appreciation for her daughter just as she is or will be. Or the poem about well-meaning but intrusive people who offer advice on how to "correct" a child with autism and a father's account of a hilarious outing to Hooters with his hip-hop adult son. These pieces are sure to resonate with parents, caregivers, and anyone who's interested in the world of autism.