Joel Yanofsky tried for years to start this memoir. "It''s not
just going to be about autism," he told his wife, Cynthia. "It''s
going to be about parenthood and marriage, about hope and despair,
and storytelling, too."
"Marriage?" Cynthia said. "What about marriage?"
A veteran book reviewer, Yanofsky has spent a lifetime immersed
in literature (not to mention old movies and old jokes), which he
calls shtick. This account of a year in the life of a
family describes a father''s struggle to enter his son''s world,
the world of autism, using the materials he knows best: self-help
books, feel-good memoirs, literary classics from the Bible to Dr.
Seuss, old movies, and, yes, shtick. Funny, wrenching, and
unfailingly candid, Bad Animals is both an exploration of
a baffling condition and a quirky love story told by a gifted