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The Child Who Never Grew: A Memoir by [Buck, Pearl S.]
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"Groundbreaking." --Publishers Weekly

"Spiritually moving." --James A. Michener

"Buck turned away from fiction for this heartfelt 1950 volume about her mentally retarded daughter . . . [It] laid the groundwork for the literature on the disabled that followed." --Library Journal

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A “groundbreaking” memoir about raising a special-needs daughter in an era of misinformation and prejudice—a classic that helped transform our perceptions (Publishers Weekly).
It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their humanity and that all have the same human rights.
Pearl S. Buck is known today for earning a Nobel Prize in Literature and for such New York Times–bestselling novels as The Good Earth. What many do not know is that she wrote that great work of art with the motivation of paying for a special school for her oldest daughter, Carol, who had a rare developmental disorder.
What was called “mental retardation” at the time—though some used crueler terms—was a disability that could cause great suffering and break a parent’s heart. There was little awareness of how to deal with such children, and as a result some were simply hidden away, considered a source of shame and stigma, while others were taken advantage of because of their innocence.
In this remarkable account, which helped bring the issue to light, Pearl S. Buck candidly discusses her own experience as a mother, from her struggle to accept Carol’s diagnosis to her determination to give her child as full and happy a life as possible, including a top-quality education designed around her needs and abilities. Both heartrending and inspiring, The Child Who Never Grew provides perspective on just how much progress has been made in recent decades, while also offering common sense and timeless wisdom for the challenges still faced by those who love and care for someone with special needs. It is a clear-eyed and compelling read by a woman renowned for both her literary talent and her humanitarian spirit.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15423 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (21 August 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F4NRQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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