To Siri With Love

To Siri With Love

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

Book - 2017
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From the author of the viral New York Times piece "To Siri with Love" comes a collection of touching and hilarious stories about life with a thirteen-year-old boy with autism that offers insights and revelations for all

When Judith Newman shared the story of how Siri, Apple's electronic personal assistant, helped her son, Gus, who has autism, she received widespread media attention and an outpouring of affection from readers around the world. Basking in the media attention, Gus told anyone who would listen, "I'm a movie star."

Judith's story of her son and his bond with Siri was an unusual tribute to technology. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, she reveals that they can give voice to some, including children with autism, like Gus, who has trouble looking people in the eye, hops when he's happy and connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level.

To Siri with Love is a collection of funny, poignant and uplifting stories about an extraordinary child who has helped his parent see and experience the world differently. From the charming (Gus weeping with sympathy for the buses that sat unused while bus drivers were on strike) to the painful (paying $22,000 for a behaviourist to teach Gus how to use a urinal) to the humorous (Gus's insistence on getting naked during all meals, whether at home or not, because he didn't want to get his clothes dirty) to the profound (the way an automated assistant helped a boy learn to communicate with the rest of the world), the stories in To Siri with Love open our eyes to the magic and challenges of a life beyond the ordinary.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Canada,, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443446730
Characteristics: xxiv, 228 pages ; 22 cm


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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 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

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