Autism in the Family
Boy Alone

Writer and journalist Karl Taro Greenfeld describes himself as an only child, with a brother.

It’s not as strange as it sounds. His brother, Noah, is autistic. He can’t talk. Or tie his shoes. He has violent outbursts, even now, in his 40s.

In his new, much acclaimed memoir, “Boy Alone,” Greenfeld writes about the difficulties of growing up in the shadow of autism. It’s a rarely told story from a brother’s perspective, and it raises tough questions about what is owed to disabled siblings over a lifetime.

This hour, On Point: A brother’s memoir of autism.

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Karl Taro Greenfeld joins us from New York.  He’s a journalist and author of “Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir.” You can read an excerpt here.

CBS’s “60 Minutes” interviewed the Greenfeld family in 1978, and followed up on the story in 2000:

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