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Living Outside The Lines: What It’s Like Growing Up Being Told You’re ‘Not Normal’

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Author of "Normal Sucks: How To Live, Learn, And Thrive Outside The Lines" Jonathan Mooney
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How does the idea of “normal” affect neuro-diverse kids and adults? And what kind of toll might traditional learning environments have on neuro-diverse individuals?  

"Normal Sucks: How To Live, Learn, And Thrive Outside The Lines" by Jonathan Mooney
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Author and public speaker, Jonathan Mooney, explores those questions in his latest book, “Normal Sucks.” As a kid, Mooney was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia and didn’t learn to read until the age of twelve. He was often told he was lazy, stupid and was considered “deficient.” In his latest book, part-memoir, Mooney tells the story of growing up feeling different. His book challenges the ways in which we think about diversity, abilities and disabilities, and encourages society to rethink the concept of normal.

Larry Mantle sits down with Jonathan Mooney to talk about his new book and why he thinks it’s time to rethink the concept of normal.

Jonathan Mooney will be talking about his book, “Normal Sucks” at the Friendship Foundation in Redondo Beach tonight. The event starts at 7:00pm. For info, click here.


Jonathan Mooney, author of the new book, “Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines” (Henry Holt, 2019); he tweets @_JonathanMooney