More Alike Than Different: My Life with Down Syndrome

Prometheus. Sept. 2020. 176p. ISBN 9781633886285. $24.95. MEMOIR
Egan has lived a life full of successes and influence. He’s worked with the Special Olympics, multinational corporations, and on Capitol Hill. Egan also has Down syndrome, a chromosomal anomaly that causes a range of intellectual disabilities. In his lifetime, Egan has seen the world move from one where people with disabilities were institutionalized to one of constantly increasing disability advocacy and a growing understanding of the spectrum of needs people can require. Here Egan credits his success in life to his wonderful support structure—his academic parents who insisted on the best care and education for Egan, his team of doctors and educators, and his younger sister who served as his inspiration to keep trying and learning. The memoir is moving, and Egan’s optimism and drive to succeed shine through. At times, though, there is an overly inspirational tone to the writing, which may turn off some readers. This may be attributed to the involvement of his mother, Katherine, in the writing of the memoir.
VERDICT There is much to learn from Egan’s experiences as a man with Down syndrome, his triumphs, defeats, and relentless drive.
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