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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karl Taro Greenfeld Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Karl Taro Greenfeld knew from an early age that his little brother, Noah, was not like other children. He was unable to communicate verbally or tie his shoes, and despite his angelic demeanor was prone to violent outbursts. No doctor, social worker, or specialist could pinpoint what was wrong with Noah beyond a general diagnosis: autism. The boys' parents dedicated their lives to caring for their younger son? A challenging, often painful experience that their father detailed in a bestselling trilogy of books.

Boy Alone is Karl Taro Greenfeld's unforgettable memoir of growing up in Noah's shadow, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined the author's childhood? A beautiful, haunting, and wholly original exploration of what it means to be a family, a brother, a person.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caroline M. | 2/16/2014

    " As the mother of two sons, I'm so interested in brother stories, and I cannot stop thinking about this devastating memoir, written about growing up with an autistic younger brother. It's an extraordinary piece of writing: honest, heartbreaking, occasionally very funny. Everything a memoir should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin | 2/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. To get the perspective of the non-autistic brother about his autistic brother was really interesting. There was some usage of the f-word, however, so beware. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Schuster | 2/6/2014

    " Meh. Pretty darn conceited and self-serving. I guess it's my fault for picking up the near-autobiography of someone I would not like to meet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lara | 1/26/2014

    " I asked my pals at HarperCollins for this book because I used to babysit (in college) for two brothers, and one was autistic while the other was not. Although I was a bit on-again/off-again with my interest level on this book, I mostly found it fascinating and heartbreaking...and guilt-inducing, since I quit babysitting the brothers when the autistic one started getting old enough (and big enough) to hurt me when he was frustrated. Boy Alone is also eye-opening, to say the least, with regards to the giant holes in care options for the severely autistic - and, in particular, autistic adults. "

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About the Author

Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of several previous books, including the novel Triburbia and the acclaimed memoir Boy Alone. His award-winning writing has appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic, Paris Review, among others. Born in Kobe, Japan, he has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and currently lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife, Silka, and their daughters, Esmee and Lola.