Tom Fields-Meyer

March 30, 2012 names Following Ezra
Best Special Needs Memoir of 2012

The readers of, one the internet's most popular sites (owned by The New York Times), have named Following Ezra the top Special Needs Memoir of 2012. Many thanks to everyone who voted! We appreciate the support. Read about the competition here.

Febrary 22, 2012
Your vote needed! Following Ezra named finalist
for Reader's Choice Award has chosen Following Ezra as a finalist for a Reader's Choice Award in the category Favorite Special-Needs Memoir. Readers can cast as many as one vote daily through March 21. Use this link to see the ballot, and, as they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often! And spread the word.

February 17, 2012
Harvard Magazine on Following Ezra:
'Warm, poignant, and often hilarious'

Harvard Magazine, in its March-April 2012 issue, says: "
Following Ezra’s warm, poignant, and often hilarious episodes touch on the fundamental matter of parenting: how parents reconcile their expectations of and hopes for how their children will turn out with the mess of reality." Read the story, 'Father-Son Venture,' here.

February 2, 2012
Los Angeles Jewish Journal features Following Ezra

The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, the largest Jewish weekly outside New York City, features Following Ezra and author Tom Fields-Meyer.
"I wanted to write about what it’s like to live with someone like this," Fields-Meyer tells the Journal, "how I gradually came to appreciate my son and celebrate him." Read the story here.

January 10, 2012
'Following Ezra' named National Jewish Book Award Finalist

Great news! The Jewish Book Council has named Following Ezra a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. The book is one of two finalists in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir. Read more about the National Jewish Book Awards here.

December 14, 2011
The Jewish Week: 'More Needed for Jews with Special Needs.'

Read Jonathan Mark's story in New York's The Jewish Week about the
the Ruderman Jewish Special Needs Funding Conference, where Following Ezra author Tom Fields-Meyer joined a lineup that included Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver. "Fields-Meyer asked the conference not to think that helping the disabled is about helping someone else."

December 13, 2011
In the Washington Post: Tom Fields-Meyer's essay
on his son's memory—and how it helps Ezra reach out

Read Tom's Washington Post essay: "The real question was: Did his memory need to make him solitary and isolated, or could it help him to connect with people?"

December 8. 2011
Author Tom Fields-Meyer appears on NY1's 'Inside City Hall'

Watch NY1 host Errol Louis interview Tom -- about autism, parenting, and Ezra's bar mitzvah.

December 1, 2011
Northern California 'J. Weekly' features 'Following Ezra'
in advance of three Bay Area appearances

Read J. Weekly reporter's Sue Barnett's wonderful article about Tom and Ezra Fields-Meyer and Following Ezra, which she calls a "gentle, insightful memoir." Tom
will speak about “Following Ezra” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos; and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco.

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November 6, 2011
Author Tom Fields-Meyer quoted in 'USA Today'
story on views of adults with autism

Read reporter Shari Rudavsky's insightful story on the changing views of and about adults with autism. Writes Rudavsky: "Today, as more children with autism enter adulthood, some are rejecting the idea that autism is a disease to be cured."

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October 29, 2011
Tom Fields-Meyer to make eleven appearances
nationwide in December and November

Come hear Tom Fields-Meyer discuss Following Ezra.

(Engagements marked by asterisk sponsored by Jewish Book Council.)

November 7 at 6 p.m.
Detroit Jewish Book Fair*
JCC (West Bloomfield)
6600 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

November 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Atlanta Book Festival of the MJCCA*
MJCCA - Zaban Park
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

November 14 at 7 p.m.
Springfield (Mass.) Jewish Book Festival*
Springfield Jewish Community Center
1160 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA 01108

November 16 at 7 p.m.
Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts*
Arthur M. Glick JCC
6701 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260-4198

November 20 at 1 p.m.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Festival of Arts, Books and Culture*
Katz JCC
1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

November 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Pasadena, California
Jewish Book Festival of JFSGPV*
1434 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107

December 4 at 6 p.m.
Oakland, California
Temple Beth Abraham*
327 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94610

December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Los Gatos, California
APJCC Silicon Valley*
14855 Oka Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans Jewish Book & Film Festival*
5342 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

December 11 at 1:30 p.m.
San Francisco, California
BJE Jewish Community Library*
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles
Temple Beth Am
1039 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Oct. 13, 2011
Huffington Post autism blogger lauds Following Ezra:
"I couldn't put it down."

Click here to read Huffington Post blogger Chantal Sicile-Kira's enthusiastic review of Following Ezra: "it's a very well-written book about the trails and tribulations of being a parent, period."

Sept. 21, 2011
Tom Fields-Meyer on Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Page:
"Putting Ezra First"

Click here to read "Following Ezra" author Tom Fields-Meyer's L.A. Times op-ed piece on autism, science and love, "Putting Ezra First."

Sept. 13, 2011
Come hear Tom Fields-Meyer at Powell's Books, Portland!

"Following Ezra" author Tom Fields-Meyer reads from Following Ezra this Thursday, Sept. 15 at Powell's City of Books (1005 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209).  Appearance at 7:30, followed by book signing. For more information:

Sept. 8, 2011
  PEOPLE magazine on Following Ezra: "unexpectedly uplifting"

In an enthusiastic review in the new issue of People (cover date Sept. 19) reviewer Meredith Maran gives Following Ezra 3-and-a-half out of 4 stars:

"It’s a grim statistic: One in 110 American children is diagnosed with autism. But Fields-Meyer’s memoir, which focuses on the triumphs and breakthroughs of parenting an autistic son, is anything but grim. Guided by compassion and offering realistic expectations, Fields-Meyer learns to 'follow Ezra,' into and out of his parallel universe—a heart- and mind-altering experience for the author and an unexpectedly uplifting experience for the reader."

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Sept. 7, 2011
Following Ezra on The New York Times parenting blog

Click here to read NYT writer Lisa Belkin's Tuesday's mention of Following Ezra.

Click here to read author Tom Fields-Meyer's wonderful response on Wednesday's blog.


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Sept. 6, 2011
Following Ezra
featured on

To coincide with today's official publication date, is featuring an excerpt from Following Ezra as well as a wonderful and informative interview with author Tom Fields-Meyer. Please read, enjoy, share, comment, and help spread the word.

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Sept. 3, 2011
Following Ezra
featured in The Wall Street Journal

Click here to read the excert from Following Ezra featured in the September 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal.

And read an interview with author Tom Fields-Meyer on's parenting blog, The Juggle.

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