Oddly Normal

Oddly Normal

One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality

Book - 2012
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A heartfelt memoir by the father of a gay teen, and an eye-opening guide for families who hope to bring up well-adjusted gay adults. Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his thirteen-year-old son, Joe, was in the hospital following a suicide attempt. Mustering the courage to come out to his classmates, Joe's disclosure--delivered in a tirade about homophobic attitudes--was greeted with unease and confusion by his fellow students. Hours later, he took an overdose of pills. In the aftermath, John and his wife, Jeanne, determined to help Joe feel more comfortable in his own skin, launched a search for services and groups that could help Joe understand that he wasn't alone. This book is Schwartz's very personal attempt to address his family's struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like Joe.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012
Description: xiv, 290 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781592407286
Branch Call Number: 306.766 Sch


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bibliotechnocrat Aug 29, 2016

Written by the father of a gay child, this book is really more geared toward parents than any other audience. There is a lot of material on interacting with schools, teachers, and therapists; sometimes it feels like the author did all this research... so of course it has to be jammed in. It's not a bad book, but Joseph's actual story gets a bit lost in the shuffle.

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