To Siri with Love
A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
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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. An accomplished essayist, Newman enlarges on her entertaining, candid tale about the joys and concerns of raising her son. She covers meals, bedtime, playmates and school – all made more challenging by an autistic child. Newman finds the humor in big and small events, and when she’s worn out she asks every mom’s question: “Am I to blame?” The book received glowing reviews, but some in the autism community criticized it. Controversy aside, Newman’s slice-of-life will engage you and open your eyes.
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.