To Siri with Love: A Mother, her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines Audiobook, by Judith Newman Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Judith Newman Narrator: Cris Dukehart Publisher: HarperCollins Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062660879

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From the author of the viral New York Times op-ed column "To Siri with Love" comes a collection of touching, hilarious, and illuminating stories about life with a thirteen-year-old boy with autism that hold insights and revelations for us all.

When Judith Newman shared the story of how Apple’s electronic personal assistant, Siri, helped Gus, her son who has autism, she received widespread media attention and an outpouring of affection from readers around the world. Basking in the afterglow of media attention, Gus told anyone who would listen, "I’m a movie star."

Judith’s story of her son and his bond with Siri was an unusual tribute to technology. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, she revealed how they can give voice to others, including children with autism like Gus—a boy who has trouble looking people in the eye, hops when he’s happy, and connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level.

To Siri with Love is a collection of funny, poignant, and uplifting stories about living with an extraordinary child who has helped a parent see and experience the world differently. From the charming (Gus weeping with sympathy over the buses that would lie unused while the bus drivers were on strike) to the painful (paying $22,000 for a behaviorist in Manhattan to teach Gus to use a urinal) to the humorous (Gus’s insistence on getting naked during all meals, whether at home or not, because he does not want to get his clothes dirty) to the profound (how an automated "assistant" helped a boy learn how to communicate with the rest of the world), the stories in To Siri with Love open our eyes to the magic and challenges of a life beyond the ordinary.

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  • “To Siri with Love is a beautifully honest and illuminating love letter to Gus, your typical atypical nonneurotypical human.”

    - Jon Stewart
  • “A moving and witty memoir with a big heart.”

    - Nigella Lawson
  • “Newman shares her sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always insightful and upbeat recollections…A positive yet honest look into one family’s journey with autism.”

    - Library Journal
  • “Funny, warmhearted…and powered by a maternal love that autism could never compromise…Powerful and heartfelt.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Judith Newman redefines maternal love…The book is part Operating Instructions, part love letter to both her son and technology, and a totally engrossing read.”

    - Annabelle Gurwitch, author of Wherever You Go, There They Are

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About the Author

Judith Newman is the author of You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman, a regular contributor to the New York Times Style Section and People, and a contributing editor to Allure and Prevention. She has also written for Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Redbook, GQ, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. She and her sons live in Manhattan.

About the Narrator

Cris Dukehart is a voice-over artist and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her voice can also be heard across the country and around the world in commercials, e-learning projects, and corporate narration. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.