Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines

Author:   Jonathan Mooney
Publisher:   Henry Holt & Company Inc
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9781250190161


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   13 August 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Jonathan Mooney blends anecdote, expertise, and memoir to present a new mode of thinking about how we live and learn-individually, uniquely, and with advantages and upshots to every type of brain and body. As a neuro-diverse kid diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD who didn't learn to read until he was twelve, the realization that that he wasn't the problem-the system and the concept of normal were-saved Mooney's life and fundamentally changed his outlook. Here he explores the toll that being not normal takes on kids and adults when they're trapped in environments that label them, shame them, and tell them, even in subtle ways, that they are the problem. But, he argues, if we can reorient the ways in which we think about diversity, abilities, and disabilities, we can start a revolution. A highly sought after public speaker, Mooney has been inspiring audiences with his story and his message for nearly two decades. Now he's ready to share what he's learned from parents, educators, researchers, and kids in a book that is as much a survival guide as it is a call to action. Whip-smart, insightful, and utterly inspiring-and movingly framed as a letter to his own young sons, as they work to find their ways in the world-this book will upend what we call normal and empower us all.

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Author:   Jonathan Mooney
Publisher:   Henry Holt & Company Inc
Imprint:   Henry Holt & Company Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 14.40cm , Height: 2.70cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.335kg
ISBN:  

9781250190161


ISBN 10:   1250190169
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   13 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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PRAISE FOR NORMAL SUCKS Jonathan Mooney's NORMAL SUCKS is all at once real, raw, revelatory, profound, and deeply funny. Mooney's narrative stands as a battle cry for all of us who've struggled with fitting in (and who hasn't?), affirming that not only is it okay to be different, there's actually an incredible strength and power in the very things that make us feel like outsiders. It's a message of vital importance at a time when the pressure on young people to fit in is arguably worse than it's ever been. NORMAL SUCKS offers genuine insights into how we can develop the skills we need to find wholeness in ourselves and authentic connections in this increasingly disparate and fractured world. --Nic Sheff, author of Tweak, the basis for the major motion picture Beautiful Boy Written as a lovingly-delivered letter to his sons, Jonathan Mooney's NORMAL SUCKS guides us through the absurdities of history, the luminaries of disability theory, and the trials and transformations of his own life to lay bare the oppressive concept of 'normal' and advocate passionately for resistance. Paradigm-shifting, highly enjoyable, and destined to become hugely influential, this book will resonate with anyone who's ever felt different--and will open the minds of everyone who has not. --Rachel Simon, New York Times Bestselling Author of Riding The Bus With My Sister and The Story of Beautiful Girl An urgent, personal and long overdue manifesto against the tyranny of normal, whatever that it is. Normal isn't the problem, it's the tyranny. --Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing By the time I finished Jonathan Mooney's raucous chronicle of the evolution of his thinking about difference as he struggled to survive dyslexia, our one-size-fits-all education system and his hot mess of a family, I was asking myself just how 'normal' I really am. Using humor to soften a devastating critique of the statistical 'research' and science that has shaped our concept of normality, Mooney makes it clear that humanity is really just a vast collection of oddball individuals who cannot easily be pigeonholed, sorted or categorized. NORMAL SUCKS is a celebration of difference that is long overdue. --Joichi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, co-author of Whiplash: How To Survive Our Faster Future This book will make you think. Well researched and written in an accessible and engaging style, Mooney has provided his readers with an interesting and creative guide that will compel us to re-think the purpose of education and how we go approach it. The pressure kids experience to be normal and to experience what we conventionally regard as success, is taking a toll on children throughout the country. Mooney shows us that it need not be this way. For those who are ready to think outside the box, and who are ready to make the changes needed to create learning opportunities that make it possible for children to thrive, this book will be an invaluable resource and a breath of fresh air. --Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools Jonathan Mooney writes an irreverent, funny, and deeply moving book about his dyslexic life and the checkered history of the concept of normality. Addressing his own children, Mooney transforms complex ideas from the likes of Michel Foucault into understandable readable moments. But more than that, he brings a human element to history and science; and he tempers these with a hard-won experience of living with a disability in a rigid world defined by the demanding and false standard of normality. --Lennard Davis, author of Beginning with Disability This book will not only make you OK with all of your unique quirks and so-called 'weird' preoccupations but see them in a new and empowering light. --Scott Barry Kaufman, Columbia University and co-author of Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind If you've ever questioned who made the rules and why do we have to follow them, this book is for you. With wit, empathy, and defiance, Jonathan Mooney delivers a powerful message from the frontlines of the inclusion revolution. --Liz Benjamin writer and producer whose credits include Man in the High Castle and Thirteen Reasons Why Mooney's losing battle with Normal brings us this victorious memoir, replete with a cussing parrot, an inspired Jesuit whose head looked on fire and proved to be a hero, a slew of hilarious, tone-deaf adults who just didn't get it, one of the most poignant alcoholic father / estranged son reuniting scenes I've ever read, and on every page reasons to shout out for joy, 'Normal, stand down. Long live what's real!' Bless you, Mr. Mooney. --Edward M. Hallowell M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder and other books


PRAISE FOR NORMAL SUCKS Jonathan Mooney's NORMAL SUCKS is all at once real, raw, revelatory, profound, and deeply funny. Mooney's narrative stands as a battle cry for all of us who've struggled with fitting in (and who hasn't?), affirming that not only is it okay to be different, there's actually an incredible strength and power in the very things that make us feel like outsiders. It's a message of vital importance at a time when the pressure on young people to fit in is arguably worse than it's ever been. NORMAL SUCKS offers genuine insights into how we can develop the skills we need to find wholeness in ourselves and authentic connections in this increasingly disparate and fractured world. --Nic Sheff, author of Tweak, the basis for the major motion picture Beautiful Boy Written as a lovingly-delivered letter to his sons, Jonathan Mooney's NORMAL SUCKS guides us through the absurdities of history, the luminaries of disability theory, and the trials and transformations of his own life to lay bare the oppressive concept of 'normal' and advocate passionately for resistance. Paradigm-shifting, highly enjoyable, and destined to become hugely influential, this book will resonate with anyone who's ever felt different--and will open the minds of everyone who has not. --Rachel Simon, New York Times Bestselling Author of Riding The Bus With My Sister and The Story of Beautiful Girl An urgent, personal and long overdue manifesto against the tyranny of normal, whatever that it is. Normal isn't the problem, it's the tyranny. --Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing By the time I finished Jonathan Mooney's raucous chronicle of the evolution of his thinking about difference as he struggled to survive dyslexia, our one-size-fits-all education system and his hot mess of a family, I was asking myself just how 'normal' I really am. Using humor to soften a devastating critique of the statistical 'research' and science that has shaped our concept of normality, Mooney makes it clear that humanity is really just a vast collection of oddball individuals who cannot easily be pigeonholed, sorted or categorized. NORMAL SUCKS is a celebration of difference that is long overdue. --Joichi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, co-author of Whiplash: How To Survive Our Faster Future This book will make you think. Well researched and written in an accessible and engaging style, Mooney has provided his readers with an interesting and creative guide that will compel us to re-think the purpose of education and how we go approach it. The pressure kids experience to be normal and to experience what we conventionally regard as success, is taking a toll on children throughout the country. Mooney shows us that it need not be this way. For those who are ready to think outside the box, and who are ready to make the changes needed to create learning opportunities that make it possible for children to thrive, this book will be an invaluable resource and a breath of fresh air. --Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools Jonathan Mooney writes an irreverent, funny, and deeply moving book about his dyslexic life and the checkered history of the concept of normality. Addressing his own children, Mooney transforms complex ideas from the likes of Michel Foucault into understandable readable moments. But more than that, he brings a human element to history and science; and he tempers these with a hard-won experience of living with a disability in a rigid world defined by the demanding and false standard of normality. --Lennard Davis, author of Beginning with Disability This book will not only make you OK with all of your unique quirks and so-called 'weird' preoccupations but see them in a new and empowering light. --Scott Barry Kaufman, Columbia University and co-author of Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind If you've ever questioned who made the rules and why do we have to follow them, this book is for you. With wit, empathy, and defiance, Jonathan Mooney delivers a powerful message from the frontlines of the inclusion revolution. --Liz Benjamin writer and producer whose credits include Man in the High Castle and Thirteen Reasons Why Mooney's losing battle with Normal brings us this victorious memoir, replete with a cussing parrot, an inspired Jesuit whose head looked on fire and proved to be a hero, a slew of hilarious, tone-deaf adults who just didn't get it, one of the most poignant alcoholic father / estranged son reuniting scenes I've ever read, and on every page reasons to shout out for joy, 'Normal, stand down. Long live what's real!' Bless you, Mr. Mooney. --Edward M. Hallowell M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder and other books Come out, be proud, and fight against society's view that we are abnormal. This book teaches through history and personal story how to burst into the light with strength gained through resistance. --Judith E. Heumann, International Disability Rights Advocate Few words repel me more than either 'normal' or 'sucks;' yet, the centrality of both words in this book makes me clap with joy and weep at the way they contribute to this unstintingly honest portrayal of how learning differences impact a life. Jonathan Mooney has created a new genre here, where his unflinching recollections propel our collective humanity. --Maryanne Wolf, Director, Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice, UCLA, and author of Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World


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Jonathan Mooney's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and he continues to speak across the nation about neurological and physical diversity, inspiring those who live with differences and advocating for change. He has published two other books: The Short Bus and Learning Outside the Lines.

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