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Diane Bucci receives The Irwin Award for Most Inspirational Book by Irwin Zucker, Founder of the Book Publicists of Southern California.

This book is the culmination of twenty years of journaling the long struggle of a very short life. My son, Mikey, was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. It was changed, or “upgraded,” to Asperger’s syndrome when he was seven. I began writing short, humorous stories about my daily challenges with him when he was young and finally put them together into a book format by the time he was eighteen. It was basically a collection of funny stories detailing my struggles raising a child who did not fit the “norm.”

My original intention was to produce an Erma Bombeck type of book that would appeal to other parents like me. We cannot find humorous parenting books on the shelves that relate to our children. Our books will be in the medical section (see Abnormal Psychology) or the nonfiction section (see Sob-Stories). Of course, there’s always a sprinkling of miracle stories among them. I’ve read them all. Someone removes wheat products from their autistic child’s diet and voila!, the child miraculously becomes normal. I knew that my son would not be the one in a million success story who shakes the world of modern psychiatry down to its roots. But I also knew he had something wonderful to offer people in the way of hope.

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The Return of Mikey
ISBN: 978-0-9845904-8-3

6" x 9" 264 Pages

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