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NONFICTION: Moving Toward Independence
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Chuck Leddy, member of the National Book Critics Circle
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Glen Finland has written a memoir of wonderful insight and emotional honesty about her fearsome love for her autistic son, David, who seeks to move from adolescence into adulthood in a world that doesn't always understand the differently abled. It may sound like a dark story, and sometimes it is, but Finland lightens it with self-effacing humor and impressive skill in describing small episodes that illuminate larger truths.