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From the author of the bestselling The Reason I Jump, an extraordinary self-portrait of life as a young adult with autism Naoki Higashida was only thirteen when he wrote The Reason I Jump, a revelatory account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal Japanese child, which became an international success. Now he shares his thoughts and experiences as a twenty-four-year-old man living each day with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, Higashida explores school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He also allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted, like the thought-steps necessary for him to register that it's raining outside. Acutely aware of how strange his behavior can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems. With an introduction by bestselling novelist David Mitchell, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 also includes a dreamlike short story Higashida wrote especially for this edition. Both moving and of practical use, this book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets every challenge with tenacity and good humor. However often he falls down, he always gets back up. Praise for Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 "[Naoki Higashida's] success as a writer now transcends his diagnosis. . . . His relative isolation-with words as his primary connection to the outside world-has allowed him to fully develop the powers of observation that are necessary for good writing, and he has developed rich, deep perspectives on ideas that many take for granted. . . . The diversity of Higashida's writing, in both subject and style, fits together like a jigsaw puzzle of life put in place with humor and thoughtfulness."-The Japan Times "Profound insights about what the struggle of living with autism is really like . . . Once again, the invitation to step inside Higashida's mind is irresistible."-London Evening Standard "Naoki Higashida's lyrical and heartfelt account of his condition is a gift to anyone involved with the same challenges. . . . Higashida shows a delicate regard for the difficulties his condition creates . . . and is adept at explaining his experiences in language that makes sense to neurotypicals."-The Guardian "Wise and witty, [Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8] offers a second insider's insight into the mysteries of non-verbal autism-but this time from the vantage point of a young adult. . . . Moving . . . Higashida's reflections are at times refreshingly hard-nosed [and] his self-awareness is uplifting."-Financial Times "[Naoki Higashida's] thoughtful, syntactically complex writing puts the lie to the already dubious characterization of such individuals as 'low-functioning.'"-Toronto StarShow more
A unique record of the last seventeen years of the British Raj, as seen through the eyes of a young officer of the Indian Political Service. Taken from Norval Mitchell's own original memoir, written in 1975, his son, David, carefully edited the work to produce an account of a man for whom improving the lot of the masses, those quiet people of India, met with ever-increasing frustration by the 'dead hand' of British and Indian bureaucracy. CONTENTS: Foreword 13 Chapters Editor's PostscriptShow more
An intimate biography of the philanthropic produce magnate, Henry J. Heinz, venerated for his pioneering of sanitary food preparation and for his fair treatment of both workers and customers. Born October 11, 1844 and died May 14, 1919, Henry J. Heinz founded the H. J. Heinz Company, known for their pickles, ketchup, baked beans, and particularly for their famous slogan, ""57 Varieties"". CONTENTS: Preface 1. The America of His Boyhood 2. Lessons of Home 3. The Dignity of Labor 4. Early Business Ventures 5. The First Partnership 6. A Period of Trouble 7. Building Anew 8. The Business Record 9. Elements of His Personality 10. An Enduring Structure 11. Business Policies 12. Home and the Family Fireside 13. Travel: A revealer of Character 14. Collecting Art and Antiques 15. Religion and Sunday School Work 16. Citizen 17. Reading the RecordShow more
A biography of the great French chemist and crystallographer, Louis Pasteur, who invented the Pasteurization Process, identified microbes as a cause of infectious disease, and developed the first vaccine against rabies. ""From the lives of men who have marked their passage with a trail of enduring light, let us piously gather, for the benefit of posterity, every detail, down to the slightest words, the slightest acts calculated to reveal the guiding principles of their great souls."" -- Louis Pasteur CONTENTS: 1. A Studious Boyhood 2. A Laborious and Enthusiastic Youth 3. On the Road to Fame 4. For the National Wealth 5. The Spirit of Patriotism 6. The Curative Poison 7. The Sovereignty of Genius 8. Hydrophobia 9. The Pasteur Institute 10. The Supreme Homage 11. The Last Days of a Great Man Brief Index of the Principal Names CitedShow more
David Mitchell and Robert Webb star in the complete second series of their critically-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 show. Starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, from Channel 4's Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Sound is a hilarious mix of satirical sketches and surreal characters that provides a fantastically skewed perspective on everyday life. Meet soporific late-night DJ Adrian Locket; Peter and Ted, commentators who reveal the murky underside of the snooker world; crime fighter Angel Summoner and his redundant sidekick BMX Bandit; and the obnoxious incredibly posh person who is still unaccountably a waiter. In addition, there's Numberwang!, the maths quiz that makes very little sense, plus thrilling coverage of people you don't know buying houses and living in them, and thinking where to go on their holiday and then booking it. Zany and original, this consistently funny and imaginative series highlights the absurdity of reality TV, politics, chat shows and milk helplines. 'By far the funniest sketch show in ages... fresh and full of invention... the world is an altogether better place when perceived through That Mitchell and Webb Sound experience' - Gillian Reynolds, Daily TelegraphShow more