Sep 10 2014

Politics of Parenting: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

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Click here to listen to the entire 2-part interview when it first aired.

As part of our series called ‘The Politics of Parenting’ we turn now to award winning author Andrew Solomon. Solomon spent years exploring parent-child relationships for his book entitled Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.

In it, he relates his own experience of growing up gay with straight parents and goes on to see the multiple challenges facing parents of children who are deaf, dwarfs, autistic, or even criminals. The book is filled with nuance and compassion and when it was first released in 2012, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction as well as a dozen other accolades. The book is now out in paperback.

GUEST: Andrew Solomon, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is also a lecturer at Cornell University and a special adviser on LGBT affairs at Yale University. His latest book, released in 2012 is entitled Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

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