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Andrew Solomon - Author

About the Author

Andrew Solomon is a journalist and lecturer of politics, culture and psychology who writes regularly for the New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Guardian. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cornell University and Special Adviser on LGBT Affairs to Yale University's Department of Psychiatry. His highly acclaimed international study of depression, The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. He lives with his husband and son in New York and London.

Featured books by Andrew Solomon

Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2014. This is a New York Times Bestseller. Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us. It is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. It is the winner of the Green Carnation Prize.

Other books by Andrew Solomon

Far and Away How Travel Can Change the World

Far and Away How Travel Can Change the World

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2017

In 1991 Andrew Solomon faced down tanks in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the August coup. We find him on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998, and in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread depression among the Inuit. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan for the fall of the Taliban. He was brought in for questioning in Qaddafi's Libya in 2006. In 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country fitfully pushed towards freedom. Far and Away tells these and many other stories. With his signature compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities shift when governments change. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon chronicles a life's travels to the nexus of hope, courage, and the uncertainty of lived experience and tracks seismic shifts - cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences via intimate, deeply moving stories that reveal and revel in our common humanity.

Far and Away How Travel Can Change the World

Far and Away How Travel Can Change the World

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2016

In 1991 Andrew Solomon faced down tanks in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the August coup. We find him on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998, and in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread depression among the Inuit. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan for the fall of the Taliban. He was brought in for questioning in Qaddafi's Libya in 2006. In 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country fitfully pushed towards freedom. Far and Away tells these and many other stories. With his signature compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities shift when governments change. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon chronicles a life's travels to the nexus of hope, courage, and the uncertainty of lived experience and tracks seismic shifts - cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences via intimate, deeply moving stories that reveal and revel in our common humanity.

Far and Away

Far and Away

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

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The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

WITH A NEW EPILOGUE BY THE AUTHOR Like Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history, as Andrew Solomon narrates, brilliantly and terrifyingly, his own agonising experience of depression. Solomon also portrays the pain of others, in different cultures and societies whose lives have been shattered by depression and uncovers the historical, social, biological, chemical and medical implications of this crippling disease. He takes us through the halls of mental hospitals where some of his subjects have been imprisoned for decades; into the research labs; to the burdened and afflicted poor, rural and urban. He talks to faith healers and voyages around the world in a quest for folk wisdom. He analyses the medications of today as well as reviewing the politics of diagnosis and treatment and, perhaps most significantly, he looks at the vital role of will and love in the process of recovery.

Reckoning

Reckoning

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2014

First published in The New Yorker, Solomon tells the story of Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter. Read itits moving, brave and just profoundly human and sad....There arent any answers. And thats what makes this all so impossible, and Solomons journalism so essential (Salon.com). Both parents loved Adam. Neither parent imagined or wanted their childs horrific end. This is why what Peter Lanza did by sharing his story with Andrew Solomon is so important. Lanzas story fills important gaps in our understanding of how a beloved child became a killerand reminds us as a society that we have an obligation to help families and children before they find themselves on irreversible paths of violence (Time).

Reckoning

Reckoning

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2014

'How much do I beat myself up about the fact that he's my son? A lot.' On 14 December 2012, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza shot his mother dead, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, opened fire and killed twenty children and six adults. No motive has ever been uncovered. Adam Lanza's father is still searching for answers and in this moving interview Andrew Solomon tells his story. This ebook also includes a chapter on children who commit crime from Solomon's Wellcome Trust Book Prize-winning book, Far from the Tree: Parents, children and the search for identity. ('A book everyone should read' Julie Myerson; 'Extraordinary, moving' Spectator)

Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2014. This is a New York Times Bestseller. Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us. It is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. It is the winner of the Green Carnation Prize.

Weit vom Stamm

Weit vom Stamm

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2013

Wie geht man damit um, wenn die eigenen Kinder ganz anders sind als man selbst, was bedeutet das fur sie und ihre Familien? Und wie akzeptieren wir und unsere Gesellschaft auergewohnliche Menschen?Ein eindrucksvolles Buch uber das Elternsein, uber die Kraft der Liebe, aber auch daruber, was unsere Identitat ausmacht. Der Bestsellerautor Andrew Solomon hat mit uber 300 Familien gesprochen, deren Kinder auergewohnlich oder hochbegabt sind, die das Down-Syndrom haben oder an Schizophrenie leiden, Autisten, taub oder kleinwuchsig sind. Ihre Geschichten sind einzigartig, doch ihre Erfahrungen des "e;Andersseins"e; sind universell. Ihr Mut, ihre Lebensfreude und ihr Gluck konfrontieren uns mit uns selbst und lassen niemanden unberuhrt. "e;Solomon hat eine Ideengeschichte geschrieben, die zur Grundlage einer Charta der psychologischen Grundrechte des 21. Jahrhunderts werden konnte... Erkenntnisse voller Einsicht, Empathie und Klugheit."e;Eric Kandel"e;Das vielleicht grote Geschenk dieses monumentalen, so faktenreichen wie anruhrenden Werks besteht darin, dass es zum permanenten Nachdenken anregt."e;Philip Gourevitch"e;Dieses Buch schiet einem Pfeil um Pfeil ins Herz."e;The New York Times"e;Dies ist eines der auergewohnlichsten Bucher, die ich in letzter Zeit gelesen habe: mutig, einfuhlsam und zutiefst menschlich... Seine Geschichten sind von meisterhafter Feinfuhligkeit und Klarheit."e;Siddhartha Mukherjee, Autor von Der Konig aller Krankheiten

Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2012

From the National Book Award-winning author of the bravedeeply humaneopen-minded, critically informed, and poetic (The New York Times) The Noonday Demon, comes a game-changer of a book about the impact of extreme personal and cultural difference between parents and children.A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomons journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender. Bookended with Solomons experiences as a son, and then later as a father, this book explores the old adage that says the apple doesnt fall far from the tree; instead some apples fall a couple of orchards away, some on the other side of the world. In twelve sharply observed and moving chapters, Solomon describes individuals who have been heartbreaking victims of intense prejudice, but also stories of parents who have embraced their childrens differences and tried to change the worlds understanding of their conditions. Solomons humanity, eloquence, and compassion give a voice to those people who are never heard. A riveting, powerful take on a major social issue, Far from the Tree offers far-reaching conclusions about new families, academia, and the way our culture addresses issues of illness and identity.

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