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Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-prize-winning former foreign correspondent and author and co-author of eight non-fiction books.
Buzz is an engaging memoir of a year after both the author and her son were diagnosed with ADHD.
Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer -prize winning journalist and author and co-author of eight non-fiction books. She was diagnosed with ADHD at age 48 and has become a leading advocate and expert on the disorder.
An absorbing, sharply observed memoir.”
In this funny, well-written memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and former foreign correspondent Ellison describes life after she learns that her 12-year-old son, Buzz, suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that she’s got it, too. Looking back, the Stanford graduate sees the signs, even in her choice of profession. Who needs Ritalin when you can cover coups? Ellison expertly weaves together her family’s story (at one point her son grabs a huge butcher’s knife, waves it at her, then holds it against his own throat) with interesting information about impulsive behavior (the ancient Greeks used leeches to treat it because they thought it was caused by too much red blood). She gives her take on treatments they tried, and gives thumbs down to food additives (they appear to increase hyperactivity) and stimulants (at least for Buzz, they cause terrible insomnia), and thumbs up to neurofeedback, meditation, and a new pet dog. Parents of kids with ADHD should find comfort in this book, which combines helpful information on the disorder with Ellison’s personal story. --Karen Springen