Oct 13, 2017

Book Beginning: To Siri With Love by Judith Newman

To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of a Machine by Judith Newman, August 24, 2017, courtesy of Quercus
Genre: non-fiction

Book Beginning:

My kids and I are at the supermarket.
"We need turkey and ham!"
Gus tends to speak in exclamation points. "A half pound! And...what, Mommy?" I'm stage-whispering directions, trying to keep the conversation focused on deli meats. Behind the counter, Otto politely slices and listens, occasionally interjecting questions. We're on track here.
And then...we're not. 

Book description:
The author's 13-year-old autistic son, Gus, develops a friendship with Siri, Apple's 'intelligent personal assistant.' Siri always has the right answers to Gus's incessant stream of questions about the intricacies of national rail schedules, or box turtle varieties, and she never runs out of patience. The book chronicles one year in the life of the family. (publisher)

Page 56:

Berkner directs me to a blog called Autism Daddy, where the dad describes his nonverbal twelve-year-old sleeping with a framed photo of Laurie (singer on Nickelodeon) like it's a teddy bear.

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.


  1. Sounds fascinating....thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “HER LAST GOODBYE”

    (Siri has guided me through some tricky places! LOL)

    1. She often tells me she doesn't understand. Lol.

  2. I have heard about this boy and Siri before, although I can't recall where. Maybe it was a different boy with autism and Siri--or maybe there is now a book about this incredible story. I hope you enjoy it!

    Siri is the only thing I miss about not having an iPhone anymore.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I'm looking forward to seeing how he learns from Siri!

  3. Sounds like an interesting book! Happy weekend!

  4. Sounds like a very interesting book!

    Thanks for sharing the beginning on BBOF! Sorry I was late getting the post up this week.

  5. This sounds like it'd really be worth picking up. Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. Hope you let us know how you like it.


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