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Solomon, Andrew. FAR FROM THE TREE: PARENTS, CHILDREN AND THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY. New York City, NY: Scribner's, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 962 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's book-length account on subject. One of the greatest books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Andrew Solomon's "Far From The Tree: Parents, Children, And The Search For Identity". THE magisterial account on its all-important subject: What identity really means. Compulsively readable (despite its intimidating, 962-page length), it seeks to answer, as definitively and exhaustively as is humanly possible, what it means to be a human being, from the singular point-of-view of The Many Others. "Solomon's startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down Syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, this crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human" (Publisher's blurb). Andrew Solomon has emerged as one of our "wisdom" writers, thinking lucidly and rationally, writing beautifully, and provoking more serious thought. His theme as a writer is the necessary yet elusive relation between Self and The Other. He shows us, without appearing to be a condescending scold, that all human beings (especially but not just Americans in particular) have too much Self-consciousness, not enough Other-awareness. Solomon has no illusions about awareness of The Other being perhaps the most difficult lifelong project we must undertake as human beings. He also sees it as the only lasting solution to persistent universal miseries such as war and other seemingly insoluble problems that pragmatists, not utopian idealists, must make their life-work. An absolute "must-have" title for Andrew Solomon collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Andrew Solomon 1. V. 2016 Chicago". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Solomon was one of the "headline" artists of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2016. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the (very beautiful) Souvenir Program of the Festival. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Noonday Demon". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREW SOLOMON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743236718. $200.00

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