All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three by Kim Stagliano

By Kim Stagliano

How one girl increases 3 daughters with autism, loses one at Disney international, remains married, has intercourse, bakes gluten-free, is going broke, and retains her experience of humor.

"Dr. Spock? money. Penelope Ann Leach (remember her?)? cost. what to anticipate whilst You’re waiting for? fee. I had a 700 greenback Bellini crib for God’s sake! i used to be excellent. And so used to be Mia whilst she was once born . . ."

...and so starts Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s trip elevating 3 daughters with autism. In those tales, Stagliano has joined the ranks of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs along with her outstanding skill to put every thing at the table—from relations, buddies, and enemies to basement floods to birthdays to (possible) heroin addictions—eviscerating and celebrating the absurd. From her love of Howard Stern to her expanding activism within the autism group and exhaustive look for remedies that would support her daughters, she covers all of it. continually outspoken, usually touching, and infrequently heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a strong new voice in comedic writing—her “Kimoir” (as she calls it) may be a must-read in the autism neighborhood and the literary global at huge. 24 colour images

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Jenny McCarthy INTRODUCTION OH, GOD. NOT ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT AUSTIM. ” When I agreed to marry Mark, little did I know that I’d shifted my life from Plan A to Plan X (as in X-files) without having the slightest clue of how different my life would be compared to what I then considered normal. Just as well I couldn’t see what was coming when I said yes to Mark. If a light came down from the clouds right now and a voice (imagine James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman) told you that in twenty years you, a prep school and college graduate, would not own your own home, would have less money in the bank than you did at age twenty-five, would have three children with autism, and would be happier than you ever thought possible, what would you do?

I’m by no means anorexic, nor do I binge and purge. I just hate to let other people see me eat. I might enjoy a piece of coffee cake—inside my parked car in the garage—and then throw away the wrapper before entering the house. I’m not quite Harley Jane Kozak’s character in my favorite movie of all time (Parenthood), who stuffed her face with Hostess baked goods in her closet, but I know I have issues with food. I use food to tell people I love them. I bake and cook all the time. ” And I withhold food to punish people.

When you finish All I Can Handle, I hope you’ll have laughed a lot, cried a bit (don’t worry, you won’t need Prozac to get through the book), and absorbed a visceral feel for what life is like for the tens of thousands of autism families who face the challenges of that diagnosis, now affecting at least one in 110 kids. My sector of the autism community has taken a real hit in the media recently. We’re the crazy folks who are anti-vaccine (so not true), believe in junk science (buzzzzzzzz—wrong answer, thanks for playing), and spend our waking hours molding fashionable hats out of Reynolds Wrap.

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