Life As We Know It : A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child (Paperback)

Author: Berube, Michael

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When Jamie Berube was born with Down syndrome in 1991, he was immediately subject to the
medical procedures, insurance guidelines, policies, and representations that surround every child our society
designates as disabled. In this wrenching yet ultimately inspiring book, Jamie's father, literary scholar Michael
Berube, describes not only the challenges of raising his son but the challenge of seeing him as a person
rather than as a medical, genetic, or social problem.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679758662
SKU 30317218
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679758666
Release Date 4/1/1998
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Praise
"An engaging personal account of raising a son with Down's syndrome, by a loving father for whom the experience raises serious questions about the nature of social justice, natural rights, and our obligations to one another."
"[A]n astonishingly good book, important, literate, and ferociously articulated....If we dare to see this one child, Jamie, AS Jamie, we extend our imagination beyond old notions of the shelf, into who knows what new kinds of thinking about difference and otherness and the value we place on human life."
"This important book deals with a wider subject than its title suggests....[It] does indeed describe Jamie's tortuous mental and physical progress and his parents' efforts to provide him with love, medical care and an appropriate education. But...Berube wants to 'represent' his son's claims against those who...would deny Jamie a chance to learn enough to represent himself."
"Part of the greatness of Berub?'s story is how much he and his wife are resolved to make Jamie a person and...and the narrative becomes an extraordinary one of inclusion..."
From the Publisher
Annotation A father writes of his son, afflicted with Down syndrome, who must grow up in a society that does not value him.
Editors Note When Jamie B?rub? was born with Down syndrome in 1991, he was immediately subject to themedical procedures, insurance guidelines, policies, and representations that surround every child our societydesignates as disabled. In this wrenching yet ultimately inspiring book, Jamie's father, literary scholar MichaelB?rub?, describes not only the challenges of raising his son but the challenge of seeing him as a personrather than as a medical, genetic, or social problem.
Editors Note 2 When Jamie Berube was born with Down's Syndrome in 1991, he was immediately subject to everything that surrounds every child our society designates as disabled. Here, Jamie's father describes the challenges and joys of raising his son. As he follows Jamie through his first four years of life, Berube evokes the sorrow and exhilaration of watching this loving child struggle for a place in the larger world.
Editors Note 3 The author explores contemporary ideas about family values, social justice, and the sanctity of life through his experiences raising a child with Down's syndrome and his struggle to keep his son's personhood in view. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Editors Note 4 When Jamie Bérubé was born with Down syndrome in 1991, he was immediately subject to themedical procedures, insurance guidelines, policies, and representations that surround every child our societydesignates as disabled.  In this wrenching yet ultimately inspiring book, Jamie's father, literary scholar MichaelBérubé, describes not only the challenges of raising his son but the challenge of seeing him as a personrather than as a medical, genetic, or social problem.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0304
Publisher Vintage Books
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