How one woman raises three autistic daughters, loses one at Disney world, stays married, has sex, bakes gluten-free, goes broke, and keeps her sense of humor.
"Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (Remember her?) Check. What to Expect When You’re Expecting? Check. I had a 700 dollar Bellini crib for God’s sake! Everything was perfect…."
And so begins Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s journey raising three daughters with autism. Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing - her "Kimoir" (as she calls it) is the next must-listen within the autism community and the literary world at large.
Author Kim Stagliano sums up the experience of listening to her own work, All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism, pretty well when she says by way of introduction, "When you finish All I Can Handle I hope you'll have laughed a lot, cried a little."
Stagliano is a big-hearted, good-humored, self-deprecating mother of three autistic girls, and the infinitely wide range of emotions she experiences along her personal and unusual parenting path are voiced with great empathy and affection by actor Nicole Vilencia, who brings a wonderful warmth to this rollercoaster of a memoir about love, above all else, even when the going gets really, really rough.
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Not a science book, so much as an empiric one.
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