The Psychiatric Salad Bar -Adventures in Autism and Alternative Realities

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
One night, Sam hits the Facebook friend button and begins an email odyssey with a long lost daughter. Through these exchanges, we learn about her life, Sam’s and his ongoing struggles with his high functioning autistic son, Jack. These challenges seem to have intensified over the years and he yearns for a break from bizarro world. Could this “friending” portend an alternative reality? More

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Words: 54,380
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301775057
About Samuel Adams

Sam Adams lives with his wife Stephanie and son Jack in a very large, very old house in southeastern Massachusetts.This provides Sam with an ample “To do list”. It is with personal pride that he has taken an oath to not let this three hundred year old house fall down during his watch.
When he is not working on his “To Do” list, or attending IEP meetings and therapy sessions, he likes to sail either of his two kayaks down the Slocum and Westport Rivers to the sea.
Sundays are dedicated to doubles tennis where he has staked out a small area of the court, formerly dubbed his: “Area of Responsibility” from which he has vowed never to stray. That pressure proved to be too great and he has since downgraded that area to the “Cone of Concern”. Following tennis, he races to Services at his Unitarian Church where he gets to measure how far or how near he is to what is generally accepted as reality.

Reviews

Review by: LCH on Aug. 05, 2013 :
Reviewed by Nina - This memoir, the story of one family’s struggle to cope with their difficult child, features an honest portrayal of grief and chaos, as well as equally honest anecdotes that are as hilarious as they are painful. Both aspects of this story, the light and the dark, make it a must-read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: LCH on May 22, 2013 :
A cleverly-written, unflinching yet humorous, book about a man's struggle to come to terms with being the father of a son with significant disabilities. Includes social commentary and unexpected twists that will keep you reading to the end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rich Gopen on May 12, 2013 :
A revealing and humorous self-portrait of a father striving to get a grip on the greased pig of life. Entertaining because I'm not him.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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