Picks and Pans Review: Saving Ben

updated 09/14/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Dan E. Burns |

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At 18 months, Ben Burns babbled, played ball and could climb just about anything. By 5, he had lost all language and spent his days screeching; one psychologist declared him the most profoundly autistic child she had ever seen. Burns, an English professor, refused to give up his dream of normalcy for his boy, trying every therapy imaginable. He also struggled with his own sexuality and his ex-wife's erratic behavior. Saving Ben is not a book filled with false hope or bromides. It is, however, a wonderful read that will make parents look at their own children, disabled or not—and find so much to cherish.

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