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To Siri With Love

A Mother, her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines

About the Book

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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Critical Praise

To Siri with Love is a beautifully honest and illuminating love letter to Gus, your typical atypical non neurotypical human.” —Jon Stewart

“A moving and witty memoir with a big heart.” —Nigella Lawson

“By turns hilarious and compassionate, To Siri with Love is one of the most moving books about modern parenthood ever written.” —Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry

“I was riveted by To Siri with Love. . . . It’s a book about the myriad – and sometimes magical – lenses there are through which to see the world. I finished it with different eyes than the ones I began it with.” —Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

“Beautiful, hilarious and touching, Newman’s retelling of her journey is universally relatable. While exploring the complexities of being human, it is also, in the end, the enduring story of a family and all the mysteries, crises, and unexpected joys therein.” —Sandra Tsing Loh, author of The Madwoman in the Volvo

“Judith Newman redefines maternal love with To Siri with 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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443446730
  • ISBN 10: 1443446734
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 08/22/2017
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: 32.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC2: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood
  • BISAC3: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs

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