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To Siri, With Love: A mother, her autistic son, and the kindness of a machine

Judith Newman

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

Based on the New York Times viral sensation, the uplifting story of a mother, her autistic son and the kindness of machines.

Writer Judith Newman never had any illusions that her family was 'normal'. She and her husband keep separate apartments-his filled with twin grand pianos as befits a former opera singer; hers filled with the clutter and chaos of twin adolescent boys conceived late in life. And one of those boys is Gus, her sweet, complicated, autistic 13-year-old.

With refreshing honesty, TO SIRI WITH LOVE chronicles one year in the life of Gus and the family around him -- a family with the same crazy ups and downs as any other. And at the heart of the book lies Gus's passionate friendship with Siri, Apple's 'intelligent personal assistant'. Unlike her human counterparts, Siri always has the right answers to Gus's incessant stream of questions about the intricacies of national rail schedules, or box turtle varieties, and she never runs out of patience. She always makes sure Gus enunciates and even teaches him manners by way of her warm yet polite tone and her programmed insistence on civility.

Equal parts funny and touching, this is a book that will make your heart brim, and then break it. Warm, wise and always honest, Judith Newman shows us a new world where artificial intelligence is beginning to meet emotional intelligence -- a world that will shape our children in ways both wonderful and unexpected.

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Praise for To Siri, With Love: A mother, her autistic son, and the kindness of a machine

  • Humour, love and compassion radiate from the pages - Courier Mail

  • The book is worth picking up, especially if you love the memoir and nonfiction genre. There's much to be learned from Newman's ruminations and insight on many levels. - Centralian Advocate

  • This is a great introduction to understanding an increasingly prevalent neurological condition, and if you are already too well acquainted with autism, Newman will make you laugh even more. - Sunday Territorian

  • Newman's book is based on careful research, and has wry and funny insights about teenage boys, Gus and autism. - Adelaide Advertiser, Daily Telegraph

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