Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Allison Moorer to celebrate the release of her new book, I Dream He Talks to Me: A Memoir of Learning How to Listen.
This is a virtual which will take place on Friday, February 11th at 6:30pm Central Time. You can watch live on either the Parnassus Books Facebook page or the Parnassus Books YouTube channel. After the live talk has ended, the video will remain archived to watch later on both Facebook and YouTube.
Please note: This event was previously announced as in-store, but has been moved to online only due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. We thank you for your understanding.
About the Book
From a Grammy-nominated musician comes a lyrical testament to love and resilience through the lens of parenting her young son, who has nonverbal autism.
When Allison's son, John Henry, stopped using his growing vocabulary just before his second birthday, she knew in her bones that something was shifting. In the years since his autism diagnosis, Allison and John Henry have embarked on an intense journey filled with the adventure, joy, heartbreak, confusion, and powerful love lessons that are the hallmarks of a quest for understanding.
In I Dream He Talks to Me, Allison details the meltdowns and the moments of grace, and how the mundane expectations of a parent turn into extraordinary achievements. The saying goes, "If you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism"; no two stories are alike, and yet there are universal truths that apply to all parent-child relationships. With gorgeous prose, Allison shares her and John Henry's experience while also creating a riveting narrative that will speak to anyone who parents--and who has questioned their own ability to do so. An exploration of resilience and compassion--both for ourselves and for others-- I Dream He Talks to Me is also a moving meditation on our place in the world and how we get there; what words mean, what they don't; and, ultimately, how we truly express ourselves and truly know those whom we love.
About the Author
Allison Moorer has been nominated for Academy, Grammy, Americana Music Association, and Academy of Country Music Awards. Her writing has been published in American Songwriter, Guernica, LitHub, and The Bitter Southerner. She lives in Nashville.
A Special Note
Parnassus is proud to partner with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's TRIAD for this event. TRIAD empowers autistic people and those with other disabilities by honoring their identities across all endeavors. This is accomplished through strengthening direct service and education for all people with disabilities and by bolstering the support and advocacy of their caregivers, communities, and the professionals who serve them. To donate to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and support their work, click here.