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Summary

An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability.

Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition.

In this moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prizewinning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act—life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer—reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.

©2011 Philip Schultz (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Touching…Schultz paints a precise and compelling picture of how his brain works, how he sees himself, and how he thinks others have seen him throughout his life…From its impact on family members, to difficulties in school that may or may not be resolved with diagnosis, to its effect on social interactions and relationships, Schultz describes how dyslexia touches all areas of life. His affecting prose will inspire compassion and leave readers with an understanding not only of dyslexia but of the lifelong challenges that someone with disabilities may face.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Extremely relatable

Had a VERY similar experience to the author through adolescence and early adult life. Inspiring to hear his take on the frustrating learning disability that is dyslexia and reassuring to see yourself in a story of such an accomplished person. The reason for my 4 star review is that I had a different expectation of the book beforehand (searching for tips and tricks that dyslexic suffers have used to overcome the struggle) but as Philip says there’s a lot that’s still largely unknown about the disability, and that every dyslexic suffer must go through the challenging process of forging a path that works for them.

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It's me! but im not american or jewish.

Would you listen to My Dyslexia again? Why?

YES, YES, YES.
Not the type of book that one tends to relisten to. But I could relate to this mans story. its 85% ME. How?

Some one elsein the world feels like me - I thought it was just me that felt like this!!

Give it a gi - might learn something about your =self!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

its me - without the jew

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Wonderfully articulate and insightful

I really enjoyed how the author made the story come to life.

The style of writing was so accessible and really helped to sum up some of my own struggles with Dyslexia.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in neuro diverse conditions as it vividly captures the emotions of people coping with dyslexia.

Truly inspiring.

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my dyslexia

for most of my life people have asked me what is dyslexia? this story is what my dyslexia is.

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  • 16-03-12

Outstanding Book

I grew up knowing that I was somehow dumber than everybody else and had to work ten times harder to keep up. About 15 years ago I found out I was dyslexic. Only very recently I started to read about dyslexia because my son is suffering from some of the same issues I went through. This book was on my list and I could not have asked for a better book. The story is outstanding, the performance is great and it touches on many of the most important points I would want to make. It is not about the science, it is about the human. Thank you so much for this story.

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  • 12-03-21

Great book.

From a dyslexic and adhd adult with a dyslexic child. I relate to this beyond 100%.

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  • 25-12-20

A childhood like his

I grew up with dyslexia. A lot of the points he brings up are true. I never fought though. Learning is very hard for me and I have to study at night bc I cannot focus with any stimulants. I’m 22 years old graduated college in three years I got my MBA in my fourth year. It’s so hard to do what I did as the author mentions and I feel for all the kids out there who have to work double hard to get to where they need to be in life. But if you have dyslexia and you’re reading this just now did that work attic if you choose to use it to put you in my ears ahead of the competition.

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  • 14-12-15

Relevant story

Had a similar experience growing up in NYC.not a how to overcome book rather a relevant biography

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  • 12-12-11

Insightful and frank

I found this easy to listen to. I gave it to a friend who grew up dealing with the same issues in Australia. He identified with many parts of the story. He also observed that some of the authors experiences were more to do with being an immigrant in a tough era in a tough part of town! It is a story of triumph and persistence.

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  • 01-08-21

I wish just like other rating with advise religious content

I started listening to the this book because, I thought it would provide me with some good advise and concepts.

The beginning of the book was great really got into it.

Then the book rolled into religious and not dyslexia.

I am dyslexic, it would be great if this book stayed on the point of dyslexia.

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  • 28-07-21

Disappointed.

Made myself finish it. There was too much about religion, not enough about dyslexia.

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  • Amber
  • 01-09-21

Informative and moving!

I appreciated Phillip's telling of his journey. The honesty about his past, present and future was very moving. I also learned quite a bit about how the person with dyslexia feels inside. This was helpful for me to understand my own 9 yr old son's struggles. Thanks so much!

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  • 23-05-21

Not alone

I was diagnosed at 47. I went in for an assessment because I had a 4.0 GPA in graduate school but I failed miserably on my exit exam. I figured if I'm going for licensing (LPC) I need a diagnosis for accommodations; well I got it. I did not learn how to read well into my 20's. I dropped out of school in 6th grade. It has been a journey and this book, well I cried throughout it because I'm not alone.
Great book! I will be suggesting this book to my dyslexic clients.

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  • DAVID MILLER
  • 27-04-21

My life story, told much better than I could

For anyone who has suffered dyslexia or any language based learning disability this is a very interesting read as it's a perspective from outside the community, as well as from inside the community.