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September 9, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Community Room
Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
(781) 455-7559
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One Book One Community Book Discussion - Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. “A fantasy? A nightmare?” This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship and brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

This is one of several discussions about this years' One Book One Community title, Life, Animated by Ron Suskind. Discussion leaders will be from SEPAC-Needham.