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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593319130
  • ISBN: 0593319133
  • Physical Description: x, 255 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-255).
Summary, etc.:
"An intimate and revealing memoir of a lifelong struggle to speak"-- Provided by publisher.
In the fall of 2019, John Hendrickson wrote a groundbreaking story for The Atlantic about Joe Biden’s decades-long journey with stuttering, as well as his own. The article went viral, reaching readers around the world and altering the course of Hendrickson’s life. Overnight, he was forced to publicly confront an element of himself that still caused him great pain. He soon learned he wasn’t alone with his feelings: strangers who stutter began sending him their own personal stories, something that continues to this day. Now, in this reported memoir, Hendrickson takes us deep inside the mind and heart of a stutterer as he sets out to answer lingering questions about himself and his condition that he was often too afraid to ask. In Life on Delay, Hendrickson writes candidly about bullying, substance abuse, depression, isolation, and other issues stutterers like him face daily. He explores the intricate family dynamics surrounding his own stutter and revisits key people from his past in unguarded interviews. Readers get an over-the-shoulder view of his childhood; his career as a journalist, which once seemed impossible; and his search for a romantic partner. Along the way, Hendrickson guides us through the evolution of speech therapy, the controversial quest for a “magic pill” to end stuttering, and the burgeoning self-help movement within the stuttering community. Beyond his own experiences, he shares portraits of fellow stutterers who have changed his life, and he writes about a pioneering doctor who is upending the field of speech therapy.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 December #1
    Inspiring and empowering, this thoughtful, well-reported memoir covers the author's life, including his 2019 experience interviewing and writing about Joe Biden, the world's most famous stutterer. Hendrickson also weaves in highlights from dozens of others with stutters and sprinkles in such interesting tidbits as "people don't stutter when they sing." Like so many people who stutter, he was bullied, including by his own brother, because of his speech impediment. Ultimately, he forgives his sibling, who apologizes, and comes to realize stuttering can be a part of someone, not necessarily a weakness. Indeed, it conveys "two gifts" (one good and one bad): immense empathy (from being picked on and ostracized) and deep anger (from feeling frustrated and excluded). After the Atlantic publishes his Biden article, Hendrickson receives "personal, soulful, confessional" emails from fellow stutterers. This memoir reaches beyond Hendrickson's direct experience to advocate for "informative" rather than "apologetic self-disclosure about an impediment and chronicle new developments in speech therapy. This is a potentially life-changing read for everyone, not only for people who are struggling with feeling different. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JOHN HENDRICKSON is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He previously wrote and edited for Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The Denver Post. His Atlantic feature “What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say” was named one of the best stories of 2019 by Longform. He lives in New York City with his wife.

Subject: Hendrickson, John (Atlantic senior editor) > Health.
Stutterers > Biography.
Stuttering.
Stutterers > Maryland > Takoma Park > Biography.
Stuttering
Genre: Biographies.

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