Posted on April 28, 2014 in Autism
Jeanette Purkis spent her early life baffled and often extremely frustrated about how different she was from others. She was acutely aware that she found things difficult that others did not. These feelings led to a life that became dark and frightening. Purkis finds herself addicted to drugs and a prison inmate before turning her life around, gaining coping skills and strategies, and beginning to understand her diagnosis.
Finding a Different Kind of Normal is a unique autobiography because Purkis lands in so many severe situations. Therefore, it is not an easy read, but it might be very helpful for someone feeling down and looking for inspiration, because this sometimes-tragic story moves from despair to hope. As one Amazon reviewer said, “It proves that no matter how big a hole you get yourself in to or how desperate things may seem, there is always a way forward.”
** Idea for using this book: Read and then watch this Jeanette’s TEDx talk on Disability, Resilience and Achieving the Supposedly Impossible.