To Siri With Love : A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines

To Siri With Love : A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
ISBN: 9781443446730
Branch Call Number: 616.85882 NEW 2017
Characteristics: xxiv, 228 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 17, 2018

This book directly advocates eugenics and biological genocide of autistic people, both of which were policies directly endorsed by Adolf Hitler.


Jan 06, 2018

An excellent read for ASD parents, teachers, caregivers. Judith writes with love and humour. We still have much to learn on this topic, and Judith provides us with many tidbits of new info, references recent studies and research. Uplifting, honest, and hopeful.

jbuckmaster Jan 05, 2018

This is, quite possibly, the most disgusting book to be published within recent memory. It violates her son's privacy, encourages abuse of autistic children, and the author herself routinely insults autistic adults.

It saddens me that a library within Chinook Arch has ordered this trash and is propagating hatred toward persons like me.

Dec 21, 2017

Authentic voice of the author comes thru as uplifting, hopeful but serious vignettes of life with twin teenage boys one of whom is on the spectrum.


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Feb 17, 2018

Other: Directly supports eugenics and biological genocide, policies both endorsed by Hitler.

SCL_Justin Jan 26, 2018

Violence: This book promotes views of autistic people as being less than allistic people and thus worthy of forced sterilization.

Violence: This book promotes the forced sterilization of autistic people and negates the idea that autistic people have basic human rights. Before reading this book, please google some reviews written by actually autistic people to get a clearer picture about why it's detrimental to autistic people.

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Feb 23, 2018

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