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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: Portia Iversen Narrator: Jane Kaczmarek Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The uplifting true story of two mothers from opposite sides of the world united to help their sons

Portia Iversen’s life was turned upside down when her two-year-old son Dov was diagnosed with autism. Desperate to find a treatment, Portia was shocked to learn that almost nothing was known about the disorder, which only a handful of researchers were studying.

When Portia heard of a severely autistic nonverbal boy in India whose mother had taught him to read and write, she arranged for mother and son to visit the United States to help researchers understand what can be learned from their success. Soma Mukhopadhyay’s achievement was truly astonishing: not only could her son Tito communicate, but he had an IQ of 185 and wrote beautiful poetry. Her revolutionary teaching method allowed Tito to explain the startling differences in his sensory perception, offering scientists an unrivaled window into the autistic mind.

Part memoir, part detective story, Strange Son is the captivating account of these families’ extraordinary journeys, an inspiring tale of the power of two mothers’ determination to find hope where there was once only despair.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Strange Son is a stunning book—at once passionate, provocative and profound.”

    Peter C. Whybrow, MD, director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and author of American Mania: When More Is Not Enough 

  • Strange Son tells the story of Portia Iversen’s journey through the halls of science, the new frontiers of the brain, and finally to a meeting with an extraordinary woman from India who was equally determined to show the world that her own autistic son was intelligent and so much more than his symptoms.”

    Bradley Whitford, actor 

  • “This is an important, beautifully written book that makes gripping reading.” 

    Martha Herbert, MD, Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School 

  • “Exciting and uplifting.” 

    Maya Angelou

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 2/6/2014

    " A bit much about Portia, which is easy to forgive given the scope and depth of this book. Encountering autism as a challenge to be met instead of marginalized, Iverson devotes her life to focusing the scientific community on the particularities of autism. Profound consideration of the nature and effects of the disorder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patty | 1/12/2014

    " Interesting only because I teach children with autism, but truly, I find this all improbable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pam | 1/1/2014

    " This book really enlightened me regarding autism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brandy | 12/29/2013

    " Amazing story from a mother whos son has autism. The author started Cure Autism Now. "

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