Episode 9:

Judith Newman, author of the acclaimed book, To Siri With Love, joins Bill to discuss the inspiration for her latest book, her son Gus. Gus, who has Autism, developed a relationship with Siri, Apple’s automated assistant, who helped enhanced his communication skills and allowed him to strengthen his relationships with his family and the people around him.

Judith also discusses her life and how she balances a successful writing career with being a mother.

About To Siri With Love:

To Siri with Love is a collection of funny, poignant, and uplifting stories about living with an extraordinary child who has helped a parent see and experience the world differently. From the charming (Gus weeping with sympathy over the buses that would lie unused while the bus drivers were on strike) to the painful (paying $22,000 for a behaviorist in Manhattan to teach Gus to use a urinal) to the humorous (Gus’s insistence on getting naked during all meals, whether at home or not, because he does not want to get his clothes dirty) to the profound (how an automated "assistant" helped a boy learn how to communicate with the rest of the world), the stories in To Siri with Love open our eyes to the magic and challenges of a life beyond the ordinary.


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ABOUT BILL COON

Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.

After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year.