The New York Times calls Andrew Solomon’s new book Far From the Tree “a generous, humane and — in complex and unexpected ways — compassionate book about what it means to be a parent.”

From the publisher:

All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion.

According to the NY Times, Solomon spent over 10 years researching and writing the book. You can learn more and listen to an audio excerpt here, or check out the trailer below:

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