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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Schwartz Narrator: John Schwartz, Joseph Schwartz Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at the New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his thirteen-year-old son, Joe, was in the hospital following a failed suicide attempt. After mustering the courage to come out to his classmates, Joe’s disclosure, delivered in a tirade about homophobic attitudes, was greeted with dismay and confusion by his fellow students. Hours later, he overdosed on pills.

Additionally, John and his wife, Jeanne, found that their son’s school was unable to address Joe’s special needs. Angry and frustrated, they initiated their own search for services and groups that could help Joe understand that he wasn’t alone. Oddly Normal is Schwartz’s very personal attempt to address his family’s own struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like Joe.

Schwartz follows Joseph through childhood to the present day, interweaving his narrative with common questions, including: Are effeminate boys and tomboy girls necessarily gay? Is there a relationship between being gay and suicide or mental illness? Should a child be pushed into coming out? Parents, teachers, and counselors alike will welcome Oddly Normal and its crucial lessons about helping gay kids, and any kid who is different, learn how to cope in a potentially hostile world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A funny, touching and indispensable book. Moving as well as buoyant, it will give parents of gay children a great deal of hope.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story

  • “John Schwartz and Jeanne Mixon are the heroes of Oddly Normal.  Still, the star of the book is Joe.  It’s impossible not to fall in love with a kid who, even amid his torment, displays such droll humor and fierce intelligence.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Schwartz writes a poignant and well-documented account of what it meant to be a father who had tried all he could to make his son feel comfortable, but still came terrifyingly close to losing him.”

    Daily Texan

  • “A moving account of a family’s journey to raise and protect their gay son…Equally humorous and heartrending, this memoir reveals just what it takes to raise children who are different in a world still resistant.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
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