Fall Down 7 Times, Get up 8 by Naoki Higashida


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“Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8” is a thought-provoking book by Naoki Higashida, author of “The Reason I Jump.” Naoki shares his experiences as a young adult with autism, offering insights that promote understanding and celebrate resilience. This book invites readers to see individuals with disabilities as people, not problems.

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Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida

Naoki Higashida, acclaimed author of “The Reason I Jump,” invites you to delve deeper into the world of autism through “Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8.” This enlightening book offers fresh insights into autism from the perspective of a young adult, continuing the conversation that began with his earlier work.

In a series of concise, engaging pieces, Naoki shares his thoughts and feelings on a wide range of topics, including his school experiences, family relationships, the excitement of travel, and the challenges of communication. With clarity and honesty, he offers a glimpse into his world, helping readers understand the impact of seemingly ordinary events, like a sudden change of plan or the mental effort required to acknowledge rain.

Throughout these writings, Naoki’s aim is clear: to foster a deeper understanding of autism and to champion the idea that individuals with disabilities should be seen as people, not problems.

Featuring an introduction by David Mitchell, “Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8” also includes a dreamlike short story written by Naoki specifically for this edition. This book is both moving and practical, offering a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets the challenges of autism with resilience and a sense of humor. No matter how many times he falls, Naoki always finds the strength to get back up.

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