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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Schultz Narrator: William Hughe Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability

Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition.

In this moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prizewinning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act—life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer—reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.

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  • “Touching…Schultz paints a precise and compelling picture of how his brain works, how he sees himself, and how he thinks others have seen him throughout his life…From its impact on family members, to difficulties in school that may or may not be resolved with diagnosis, to its effect on social interactions and relationships, Schultz describes how dyslexia touches all areas of life. His affecting prose will inspire compassion and leave readers with an understanding not only of dyslexia but of the lifelong challenges that someone with disabilities may face.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “William Hughes keeps the narration upbeat…Inspiration to anyone dealing with personal crisis.”


  • “More than once [Schultz] says that a special cruelty of dyslexia is that those suffering it lose patience with themselves and come to consider themselves inferior to normal people. This is the failure that dogs him as persona of his poems and subject of this book, a worthy peer of Daniel Tammet’s eloquent record of his autism, Born on a Blue Day.”


  • “In a memoir as brief as a poem, Schultz reflects on his dyslexia, a lifelong disability that was not diagnosed until late into his adulthood…Under the rubric of ‘inspirationally instructive,’ Schultz offers a compact book. Yet, writing with a focused mind, he dilates at length on the struggle within that mind.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark Peterson | 2/8/2014

    " Great short book by Phil that is easy to connect with even if you have not suffered from dyslexia or another learning disability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Flora Bateman | 2/7/2014

    " This is an interesting look into the life of a dyslexic. Philip Schultz talks about his life as he was growing up as a child with an undiagnosed learning disability. He described how it felt to be bullied and made fun of by other students because of his inability to learn to read. And he described his determination to learn to cope and overcome his dyslexia. It was interesting to me to learn that how much more there is to dyslexia besides difficulty reading such as difficulty telling time on an anaolog clock, doing math, or following directions. As a mother of a dyslexic child I found it interesting viewing life from this perspective. It definitely gives a glimpse into their view of life and the difficulties they have to deal with. I would recommend this book for anyone that has a loved one with a learning disability. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 1/21/2014

    " I love to read success stories of people who struggle with learning differences. This story made me more aware of the struggles and frustrations my students may experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/20/2014

    " Philip Schultz is telling me what it's like to be one of the students I tutor. He was a terrible student, often in trouble in school. He couldn't read. No one thought he'd end up a poet -- let alone a Pulitzer Prize winner. He'd been led to think of his predicament as a mix of stupidity and cussedness, with a tinge of insanity. I've always been the opposite -- what my mom called a "bookworm." I naturally turned to writing and then teaching. People like me are often reading teachers, and we can't get inside the skin of people like Schultz. But he found the name for his predicament -- dyslexia -- not long ago. When he decided to start this book he got depressed. Dyslexia had woven itself into his life in deep and painful ways. Reading still gives him pain. But words give him pleasure. I am glad he finally wrote about how this can be. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Schultz

Philip Schultz is the author of several collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Failure. He is the founder and director of the Writers Studio and lives in East Hampton, New York, with his wife and two sons.