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What Ron Suskind learned from his autistic son about using experiences to shape our story

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“The amazing part of this whole journey is what we all learned,” says author Ron Suskind reflecting on his family’s long journey that started in 1993 after his youngest son, Owen, was diagnosed with autism. The quote applies equally well, though, to anyone who reads Suskind’s book about the experience. Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of five books of creative non-fiction dealing with topics ranging from race and class in America, to the Bush administration, the war on terror, and the American economy. In his latest book, Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism (Kingswell), he turns his journalist’s eye on his own family, detailing the turbulent years after Owen was diagnosed with autism…

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