Summary of To Siri with Love
TO SIRI WITH LOVE: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines by Judith Newman. Copyright © 2017 by Judith Newman. Published by arrangement with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Journalist Judith Newman’s New York Times article about her autistic son’s connection with the Apple virtual assistant Siri went viral, striking a chord with people worldwide. An accomplished essayist, Newman expounds on the subject with an entertaining, candid tale about the unexpected joys and unrelenting concerns that she’s experienced in raising her son. Her book covers the trials that parents face around mealtimes, bedtime, playmates and school – and how an autistic child with unique needs and demands makes them even more challenging. Newman finds the humor in life’s big events and daily minutiae. When the challenges get the best of her, she circles back to the question every mother asks, “Am I to blame?” While the book received glowing reviews, some members of the autism community criticized it. Controversy aside, any parent will find plenty to enjoy as Newman describes New York City life with her older husband, her “neurodivergent” son and his “neurotypical” twin. This slice-of-life biography will engage you and open your eyes.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the experience of parenting an autistic son affected Judith Newman’s worldview, and
- What unique challenges and concerns face the parents and siblings of autistic children.
About the Author
Judith Newman, the author of You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman, contributes to The New York Times, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Redbook.