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The Boy Who Loved Windows

Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened With Autism

By Patricia Stacey

The Boy Who Loved Windows
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2003,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2004,
    320 pages.

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In 1997, writer Patricia Stacey and her husband Cliff learned that their six-month-old son Walker might never walk or talk, or even hear or see.

Unwilling to accept this grim prediction, they embarked on a five-year odyssey that took them into alternative medicine, the newest brain research, and toward a new and innovative understanding of autism.

Finally their search led them to pioneering developmental psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan who helped them save their son and bring him into full contact with the world.

This enthralling memoir, at once heart wrenching and hopeful, takes the reader into the life of one remarkable family willing to do anything to give their son a rich and emotionally full life. We stand witness as they struggle to elicit the first sign that Walker is connecting with them, and share in their fears, struggles, tiny victories, and eventual triumphs.

The Boy Who Loved Windows is compelling and inspiring reading for parents and professionals who care for children with autism and other special needs. The book is also a stunning literary debut, of interest to anyone who cares about the lives of children and the passion of families who, against huge odds, put these children first.

To the Sirens first shalt thou come, who bewitch all men, whosoever shall come to them.
- Homer

The day before my son was born, my four-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and I were sitting in her room looking out at the treetops. That afternoon, mid-October in New England, the leaves seemed almost burning with color-yellow, orange, and purple-and I was trying to explain to her how something, before death, could be so glorious. At that moment I wanted to tell her everything, about the science of trees, about the odd and mysterious cycles that make up this life, the paradoxes. I had the perverse idea that she might want to know that the trees themselves were choking their own leaves of chlorophyll, but Elizabeth exclaimed, "Oh, I just have to be there--out there!" She ran down the stairs. I followed slowly, hefting my stomach, breathing like a geriatric. (By then I couldn't even see my feet.) Outside, the wind was up, a hundred leaves seemed to be raining toward us and she held ...

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This is gripping, real life family drama at its best. It should go without saying that this would be useful reading for anybody involved with autism - but The Boy Who Loved Windows has been, and should continue to be, read by a wider audience for the raw power of the writing and the story told.  

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Publishers Weekly

A sharply observed, deeply personal account.

Library Journal

Vivid descriptions...recommended for all public libraries and for academic libraries with education and social work collections.

Curled Up with a Good Book

Anyone who has a connection with autism and sensory disorders will want to read and re-read this book, in search of clues and hopeful road signs.

Bookviews.com

Parents with children who are autistic will find a great deal of encouragement in Patricia Stacey's book.

O The Oprah Magazine

[A] heart-stopping new memoir...riveting...a gripping, unsentimental narrative of a family struggling to keep intact...Mostly, though, it's the story of a mother who refused to read the writing on the wall--and saved her son's life in the process...compelling.

Marietta Times

When you find a good book, a really, really good book, what do you do? Most readers would confess to buttonholing friends (especially the close ones) and demanding that they promise to read that particularly wonderful book. That's my initial reaction to Patricia Stacey's first book, the awesome account of her son's battle against autism...illustrates the intense relationship between mother and son...The author writes with all the authenticity of a medical professional (she's not) and presents this captivating story in 300 pages that will keep the reader turning pages after midnight. I'd be shocked if The Boy Who Loved Windows doesn't win a stack of major writing awards. It's a book you will recommend to friends, especially to mothers who will identify with this altogether compelling story.

Newsday

If you or anyone you know has a child with autism, you won't want to miss reading The Boy Who Loved Windows.

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Veronica

Wonderful book
This is a great book about a topic that many more people should become familiar with - autism and Asperger's. If you want to read more, check out Temple Grandin's books. She is a high-functioning autistic and has authored books on the subject.

Jean

In my eyes
My little brother is autistic and this book gave me more of an insite from those who Patricia had spoken to about her son. I completely disagreeded with people who say that autistic children and adults have the inability to love. I believe that is ...   Read More

Shay

As a college student, and choosing to read this book, I thought it was excellent, and it really let me inside of world that I was unfamiliar with. I knew about Autism, but I did not understand it. But Stacey really did a wonderful job with real ...   Read More

Jennifer

I was compleletly intrigued by this book. I picked it up at the library just looking for a book to read. As I started reading it was like you were there sharing the same feelings about Walker as Patricia had. This book really opened my eyes to how...   Read More

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