By Kim Stagliano
How one girl increases 3 daughters with autism, loses one at Disney international, remains married, has intercourse, bakes gluten-free, is going broke, and retains her feel of humor.
"Dr. Spock? payment. Penelope Ann Leach (remember her?)? cost. what to anticipate while You’re waiting for? cost. I had a 700 buck Bellini crib for God’s sake! i used to be ideal. And so was once Mia while she used to be born . . ."
...and so starts Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s trip elevating 3 daughters with autism. In those tales, Stagliano has joined the ranks of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs together with her notable skill to put every little thing at the table—from kin, buddies, and enemies to basement floods to birthdays to (possible) heroin addictions—eviscerating and celebrating the absurd. From her love of Howard Stern to her expanding activism within the autism neighborhood and exhaustive look for remedies that might aid her daughters, she covers all of it. continuously outspoken, frequently touching, and occasionally heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a strong new voice in comedic writing—her “Kimoir” (as she calls it) may be a must-read in the autism group and the literary global at huge. 24 colour images
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I can’t thank her enough for the foreword. My editor, Jennifer McCartney, turned my jumbled-up stream-ofconsciousness words into proper prose and did so with the TLC an author needs. For Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing and fellow parent of a daughter on the spectrum, a big thank-you for taking a leap of faith and turning “You ought to write a book” into reality. And finally, to all the autism moms and dads out there, this book is for you, really. We need hope and laughter to get through the day.
I called in my order to Hong Kong Jack’s, which was in the same plaza as my grocery store, bundled the girls into the car, and off we drove into town. My stomach was growling, and I could almost smell the eggrolls. We pulled into the parking lot next to Genuardi’s Supermarket. I picked any old spot. Again, this was pre-autism diagnosis. I got three-year-old Mia out of her built-in booster seat in the middle row of the minivan and then tried to get two-year-old Gianna out of hers. She’d have nothing to do with me.
By the time I got to the fish counter a lightbulb went on in my head. I bought a pregnancy test, ran home, peed on it, and, sure enough, I was pregnant. Mark and I hadn’t discussed family planning. We just knew we’d have two children. Or three. Or four—and when they came, they came. Mia was going to be a big sister! I had another easy pregnancy with natural labor and delivery. I went into Doylestown Hospital at 6:00 pm. Dr. Scott Dineson broke my water with a twelve-inch crochet hook from hell at 6:45 pm.