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Father's Day A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son (Hardcover)

Author:  Buzz Bissinger
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0547816561
ISBN-13: 9780547816562
Sku: 223320343
Publish Date: 5/15/2012
Pages:  242
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The bestselling author of "Friday Night Lights" and "3 Nights in August" journeys into the psyche of his son and traveling companion, where he finds not only the skills and debilities known as savantism, but a host of qualities we should all emulate.
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A remarkable memoir from the best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August.||Buzz Bissinger's twins were born three minutes?and a world?apart. Gerry, the older one, is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher. His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. He'll never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty that can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise.||Buzz realized that while he had always been an attentive father, he didn't really understand what it was like to be Zach. So one summer night Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zach's twenty-four years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz hopes this journey into their shared past will bring them closer and reveal to him the mysterious workings of his son's mind and heart. The trip also becomes Buzz's personal journey, yielding revelations about his own parents, the price of ambition, and its effect on his twins.||As father and son journey from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, they see the best and worst of America and each other. Ultimately, Buzz gains a new and uplifting wisdom, realizing that Zach's worldview has a sturdy logic of its own: a logic that deserves the greatest respect. And with the help of Zach's twin, Gerry, Buzz learns an even more vital lesson about Zach: character transcends intellect. We come to see Zach as he truly is: patient, fearless, perceptive, kind?a man of excellent character.||

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"In this wrenchingly honest road tale, Bissinger searches desperately to discover who his son really is as well as to come to terms with his own feelings of inadequacy and insecurity as a parent." 03/05/2012

"As much as this is a book for parents, who know well the crushing vulnerabilities of the job, it is also a story for grown children who understand what it means to love an imperfect parent." - Karen Valby 05/18/2012

"[I]t's a brutal and vivid [book], the work of a writer with an unflinching gift for honesty, and impossible to put down." - Dwight Garner 05/15/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0242
Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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