I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames

I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames

My Insane Life Raising Two Boys With Autism

Book - 2012
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Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and one hundred and [redacted] pounds--a self described roly-poly, forty-something, Reubenesque bon-bon of a gal, often called cute but never sexy. She has two sons with autism on opposite ends of the spectrum (Jake and Jaxson), a husband who prefers hunting to household chores, an Australian Shepherd named Sugar, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. This is her story--a brash, personal, and some-times shocking memoir of one woman's determination to raise two healthy kids with autism and keep her sanity in the process. It's not always easy. Between "poop" incidents, temper tantrums, and the "helpful" advice about parenting from her fellow citizens in the grocery store, Jeni often finds herself wanting to throw something. With chapters like: "Tickling the Weiner," "Why I Hate Pokemon," "Santa: Give it a Friggin' Rest, Already," and "Oprah's the Reason My Kid Thinks I Want to Drown Him in the Tub," I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames also includes mini-chapters written by her eldest son, Jake.

Readers looking for laughter and inspiration will find it here aplenty, along with tons of surreal anecdotes that will have you either shaking your head in disbelief (for those unacquainted with the world of autism) or nodding with recognition (for those who are). As Jeni says, "I developed a new 'normal.'"

Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781616084851
Branch Call Number: BIO DECKER J. Decker 02/2012
Characteristics: 218 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 15, 2017

in all honesty as a mother to a child with autism i could not enjoy this book, i went into this book expecting to hear about the hard ships of raising special needs children but instead its basically a book of her complaining, her talking about her other books and movies and lots of talk about poop which i get is a thing with one of her sons but i don't need to hear about it every page.

Aug 14, 2012

Wonderful book, I laughed out loud during some of it. really helped me gain perspective in my situation. I recommend it to anyone with children, whether on the spectrum or not.


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