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Passing For Normal: Tourette's, OCD and growing up crazy (Pocket Books) by Amy Wilensky (2006-11-06)

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  • By Betsy Pascucci on November 2, 1999

    One Sunday afternoon several years ago I was in a busy drugstore at Christmas time looking for the perfect kitty ornament for my niece. Kneeling down searching thru a huge box, I was startled when suddenly a man behind me began to quack. Loudly. In my ear. When I turned to face him, I found an ordinary looking middle aged man who looked miserable about the noise he was making. At the time I was wearing a sweatshirt onto which I had cross stitched a yellow duck with a sprig of holly in its beak. Figuring somehow he was reacting to my shirt, I walked away from the box and started for another part of the store. The quacking stopped. Later, standing on a long check out line, I watched the woman in front of me pull the string on a Christmas toy. Out came the words, "Bah! Humbug!" Not a second later came cries of "Bah! Humbug!" from the quacking man who was now several people behind me on line. It wasn't until I was driving home that I realized what was wrong with the quacking man. He had Tourette's Syndrome. I do not have Tourette's or OCD nor am I related to anyone who does, but I was so deeply moved by Amy Wilensky's book that I read it in one sitting. What an amazing account of what had to have been such a difficult life. Only a woman as brave as Amy could have gotten thru high school and college as pre-occupied and troubled as she was. I thought I was handicapped in school because I had a face full of freckles and an unrestrained overbite. Amy had actual demons she had to obey in order to be able to get out of bed every morning. But she did it. How brave is that? You don't have to suffer from a psychological or neurological disorder to appreaciate this book. You just have to be human.

  • By A customer on September 10, 1999

    As a middle school teacher I've realized through reading this book how important it is to recognize and help the so many young people out there with Tourette's Syndrome and OCD. And learning that these disorders often go undiagnosed for so long has made me start encouraging all my colleagues to go out and get this book, as well. "Passing for Normal" is an essential and moving book, and it has helped me become a better teacher.

  • By A customer on September 14, 1999

    I couldn't put this book down. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting! Having someone close to me who has OCD made it all the more compelling. I recognized many of the symptoms of OCD, but the Tourette's was all new to me. I admired Amy's honesty through her writng, and really felt for her. I think this book will open a lot of "normal" people's eyes, and will certainly help fellow sufferers of OCD and Tourette's.

  • By A customer on September 6, 1999

    I read about this book in a number of magazines and finally went out and bought it. I was amazed by how well it was written -- honest, open, funny and smart -- and by what a great perspective the writer had, not only on her own experiences with Tourette syndrome and OCD but on life in general. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes quality nonfiction about fascinating subject matter -- and I really look forward to this writer's next output. This is a keeper, and a book to share with all of your discriminating reader friends and family.

  • By A customer on December 12, 1999

    This is a well-written, well-paced, interesting story by a woman who is clearly learning to master some of her own difficulties with OCD and Tourettes. I think it is amazing that a young author could pull off such a well-crafted and captivating narrative on a sensitive subject, and to think that she did all this while suffering from two disorders that can be so debhilitating is even more inspiring. Wilensky asks for no pity or special attention regarding her disorders -- she commands the readers interest through talent and obvious dedication to her work and her subject matter. Wonderful!

  • By Guest on December 15, 1999

    Like Amy, I have Tourette's and OCD. I first saw her on Maury Povich a few months ago, and, after much searching, finally found this wonderful book. It is a well-written, passionate memoir of a woman who has overcome tough odds to succeed where many others have failed, both professionally and as a person. An excellent book for those with Tourette's and OCD, or family and friends of those looking for a way to understand their loved ones who are struggling with a disorder beyond their control.

  • By A customer on September 18, 1999

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I finished it in only three days (and I'm a slow reader). I couldn't set it down. I feel like somebody else really does understand what I have been through. I would suggest anyone to read this book.

  • By A customer on May 12, 2000

    My son has OCD and Tourette Syndrome. It seems almost impossible that a parent could let a child go so long undiagnosed as did Amy's parents, but then I recognized some of her father's insensitive behavior as my own, especially the insistence that order is the cure-all for everything. My son and I are not biologically related - he is adopted, along with his two brothers - but witnessing his struggle has enlightened me on my own behaviors and I am filled with admiration for him as he struggles with "simple" things like a combination lock or keeps on plugging in school. I was especially intrigued by the Afterward. My son is also very allergic to penicillin and may have had strepp as a baby. A wonderful book for parents and teachers of young people who struggle with this condition.


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