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A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures: A Memoir,9781586488079

A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures: A Memoir



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Ten percent of the population is affected by a learning disability, but few of us understand what being learning disabled (LD) is really like. When he was fourteen, Bradlee was diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome (VCFS), a wide-spread, little-understood disorder that is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities. In this funny, moving, and often irreverent book, Bradlee tells his own inspirational story of growing up as an LD kidand of doing so as the child of larger-than-life, formidably accomplished parents: long-time Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and bestselling author Sally Quinn. From his difficulties reading social cues, to his cringe-worthy loss of sexual innocence, Bradlee describes the challenges and joys of living "a different life" with disarming candor and humor. By the end ofA Different Lifehe will have become, if not your best friend, one of your favorite people.

Author Biography

Quinn Bradlee attended Landmark College, American University, and the New York Film Academy. He has made a series of documentary films about children with learning disabilities and rare genetic syndromes, and recently launched, an online community for LD kids and their families. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Himmelman worked on Bob Woodard’s Maestro and Tim Russert’s Big Russ and Me, and has contributed to a host of other book projects. His work with Woodward and a team of other reporters helped The Washington Post win the Pulitzer Prize for its post-9/11 coverage. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

How It Feels, Take Onep. xii
How It Feels, Take Twop. 1
The Storyp. 3
My Ancestryp. 7
Mr. Mellowp. 17
Porto Bellop. 29
The Saga of Sparky Crowninshield Bradleep. 37
The Discoveryp. 45
Dr. Shprintzen and VCFSp. 49
After the Diagnosisp. 57
Transition into High Schoolp. 61
The Hard Partsp. 67
Roommatesp. 71
St. Martinp. 77
End on a Positive Notep. 85
Testingp. 87
Shprintzen: What Worksp. 91
Surfing and Snowboardingp. 95
Transition to Collegep. 101
Animal Housep. 105
Filmp. 109
No Curep. 113
Learning Outside of Schoolp. 119
After Landmarkp. 129
Film Schoolp. 135
Isolationp. 143
Medicationp. 149
The Documentaryp. 153
Independencep. 157
Girlsp. 165
How It Feels, Take Threep. 171
Advocacyp. 177
Web Site and Bookp. 185
The Futurep. 191
The Endp. 201
The Next Chapterp. 207
Acknowledgmentsp. 217
Dr. Shprintzen: The Foundation, and Success Storiesp. 219
A Little More about from the folks at HealthCentral.comp. 225
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