To Siri With Love

To Siri With Love

A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines

Book - 2017 | First Canadian ediiton.
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A full-length version of the viral "New York Times" op-ed column of the same name shares stories about the author's life with her autistic son, whose therapeutic use of Apple's electronic personal assistant became an unusual example of the power of technology.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian ediiton.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443446730
Branch Call Number: 618.92858 NEW
Characteristics: xxiv, 228 pages ;,22 cm


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Dec 05, 2018

This book promotes the forced sterilization of autistic people without considering their opinions on the matter. The author writes in a tone that is mocking toward her own child as well as all other autistics, making abundantly clear her thoughts that autistics are not deserving of basic human rights. Before reading this book, please google some reviews written by actually autistic people to get a clearer picture about why it's detrimental to autistic people.

Apr 05, 2018

Quite possibly the worst parenting memoir ever written. A mother writes of the difficulties of raising her autistic son while mocking, belittling and denigrating every interest he has. Towards the end of the book, she talks of her desire to have him sterilized (!) When called out on her blatant ableism and endorsement of eugenics (yes, the same policy pushed by Nazi Germany) she plays the victim (even succeeding in getting negative reviews deleted from Amazon ) and denies any opportunity for open dialogue with the autistic community. Show your allyship by joining the boycott.

Feb 17, 2018

This book directly advocates eugenics and biological genocide of autistic people, both of which were policies directly endorsed by Adolf Hitler.


Jan 06, 2018

An excellent read for ASD parents, teachers, caregivers. Judith writes with love and humour. We still have much to learn on this topic, and Judith provides us with many tidbits of new info, references recent studies and research. Uplifting, honest, and hopeful.

jbuckmaster Jan 05, 2018

This is, quite possibly, the most disgusting book to be published within recent memory. It violates her son's privacy, encourages abuse of autistic children, and the author herself routinely insults autistic adults.

It saddens me that a library within Chinook Arch has ordered this trash and is propagating hatred toward persons like me.

Dec 30, 2017

I would not exactly recommend this book for a few reasons, though I can understand why others might enjoy it.
I went into the book thinking that it would be more focused on the child with autism, but to me it felt more about the mother writing it. Like she was trying to explain why she does what she does, why she feels the way she feels, and especially how her son's condition affects her.
Due to this, there were many different parts of this book that made me feel uncomfortable and disappointed, and I ended up having to stop reading it because it was not putting me in a healthy mindspace.
She also, in the list of recommended charities to donate time and money to, lists Autism Speaks, which I heavily disagree with. I advise looking into their history before considering donating to them as she believes.
If you're looking for a book about the mother of a child, and want to hear about how much stress the child puts her through due to a health condition beyond the child's control, than I suppose this book would be for you.
But if you are on the spectrum, have family or friends on the spectrum, or want a book more about the person living with it instead of living with someone with it, I would not recommend this book at all.

Dec 21, 2017

Authentic voice of the author comes thru as uplifting, hopeful but serious vignettes of life with twin teenage boys one of whom is on the spectrum.


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Apr 05, 2018

Other: Ableism, endorsement of eugenics, dehumanization, etc.

Feb 17, 2018

Other: Directly supports eugenics and biological genocide, policies both endorsed by Hitler.

SCL_Justin Jan 26, 2018

Violence: This book promotes views of autistic people as being less than allistic people and thus worthy of forced sterilization.

Violence: This book promotes the forced sterilization of autistic people and negates the idea that autistic people have basic human rights. Before reading this book, please google some reviews written by actually autistic people to get a clearer picture about why it's detrimental to autistic people.

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Feb 23, 2018

benpattison thinks this title is suitable for 1 years and under


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