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The Resource Father's day : a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son, Buzz Bissinger

Father's day : a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son, Buzz Bissinger

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Father's day : a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son
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Father's day
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a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son
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Buzz Bissinger
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Fathers day
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a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son
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eng
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Buzz Bissinger's twins were born three minutes--and a world--apart. Gerry is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher. His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. He'll never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty that can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise. Buzz realized that while he had always been an attentive father, he didn't really understand what it was like to be Zach. So one summer night Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zach's twenty-four years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz hopes this journey into their shared past will bring them closer and reveal to him the mysterious workings of his son's mind and heart.--From publisher description
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  • Bissinger’s twin sons, Gerry and Zach, were born three minutes apart, and although both boys were born prematurely, Gerry left the hospital after two months able to breathe on his own; Zach remained in the neonatal intensive care unit, struggling to breathe and to survive. Although Zach never recovered from the brain injuries caused by lack of oxygen, he grew into a lovable man who loves people and who is a savant who memorizes people’s birthdays, features of maps, but who also loves the familiar and the routine structure of his life. Though Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) clearly adores both his sons, he admits to feeling like having run away from Zach, whether out of fear or indifference or feelings of failure. So when Zach turns 24, Bissinger proposes that the two of them set out on the open road and drive across the country. In this wrenchingly honest road tale, Bissinger searches desperately to discover who his son really is as well as to come to terms with his own feelings of inadequacy and insecurity as a parent. Although Zach is at first resistant to making the trip, he acquiesces and provides comfort and wisdom for his father along the way as Bissinger struggles with his GPS, traffic, and other minor inconveniences over which he often loses patience. In the end, he movingly fears for Zach’s future and still sheds a tear for him every day, and he touchingly concludes that Zach is the most fearless man he has ever known, and the most admirable. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 5, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 10, p)
  • Born just a few minutes after his twin, Bissinger's 24-year-old son Zach is a savant, in some ways intellectually limited yet also boasting an extraordinary memory and navigational skills. Bissinger (Friday Night Lights ) recounts what he learned from him during a cross-country trip. Few memoirs address a parent's relationship with a grown child facing challenges, which could make this book useful as well as moving. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed December 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 20, p92)
  • (The following is a combined review for FATHER&#39 and S DAY)The author of Friday Night Lights (1990) chronicles a cross-country road trip he shared with his 24-year-old brain-damaged son Zach. In addition to probing his son's inner life, Vanity Fair and Daily Beast contributor Bissinger (Three Nights in August, 2005, etc.) attempts to re-create the pleasure he took in being on the road with his own father. The author explains that Zach has the comprehension skills of a 9-year-old because of brain damage suffered at the time of his premature birth, three minutes later than his twin brother Gerry. Yet while Zach's mental processes are slow, he has a phenomenal memory, complete recall of past events, friends with whom he corresponds by e-mail and a close relationship with Gerry. Because of his limited mental capacities, Zach works as a supermarket bagger: "He has been doing the same job for five years, and he will do the same job for the rest of his life," writes the author. "My son's professional destiny is paper or plastic." Bissinger laments what he believes to be his son's impoverished mental life in ways that sometimes seem unduly condescending--e.g., expressing disappointment that he prefers swimming or sitting by the hotel pool to gambling at the tables in Las Vegas, one of the stops on their trip. The author describes an exciting bungee jump that he shared with his son, and meetings with friends and relatives they visit on the way to Los Angeles, but much of the book is devoted to flashbacks about incidents in his own life, his failures and disappointments as well as the pains and pleasures of fatherhood. Surprisingly, while he had hoped to help his son expand his mental horizons, the author was the one who gained valuable insights, one of which was the realization that his son does indeed have a rich inner life. An intriguing memoir that suffers from confusing narrative lapses, such as contradictory accounts of Zach's work history.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2012)
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collective biography
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10075601
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1954-
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Bissinger, Buzz
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306.874/2
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Bissinger, Buzz
  • Bissinger, Zach
  • Bissinger, Buzz
  • Bissinger, Zach
  • Bissinger, H. G
  • Bissinger, Zach
  • Parents of exceptional children
  • People with mental disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Fathers and sons
  • Fathers and sons
  • Parents of exceptional children
  • People with mental disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Parents of exceptional children
  • People with mental disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Fathers and sons
  • United States
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a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son
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Father's day : a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son, Buzz Bissinger
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Contents
Zach -- Bon voyage -- Blue box -- Is that all there is? -- Failure to forget -- Embassy Suites! -- Lost in Milwaukee -- Cardinals and cookies -- "It will be okay" -- I'll do anything -- Scene of the crime -- Boobie -- Mom and dad -- Hollywood blue -- Viva Las Vegas! -- Coming into Los Angeles -- Picture perfect -- Zach and Gerry -- Reality bites
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858216
Dimensions
24 cm
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xii, 242 pages
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9780547816562
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2012001360
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  • (OCoLC)744294623
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Father's day : a journey into the mind and heart of my extraordinary son, Buzz Bissinger
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Zach -- Bon voyage -- Blue box -- Is that all there is? -- Failure to forget -- Embassy Suites! -- Lost in Milwaukee -- Cardinals and cookies -- "It will be okay" -- I'll do anything -- Scene of the crime -- Boobie -- Mom and dad -- Hollywood blue -- Viva Las Vegas! -- Coming into Los Angeles -- Picture perfect -- Zach and Gerry -- Reality bites
Control code
858216
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 242 pages
Isbn
9780547816562
Lccn
2012001360
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780547816562
  • (OCoLC)744294623

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