Celebrating The Different In All Of Us

Editorial Reviews

Confessional and often hilarious, in Normal Sucks a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.

"As an accessible primer on reassessing disability and mental health, it’s invaluable, and as an exploration of what it’s like to grow up feeling different, it’s incredibly cathartic."
Vanity Fair

"Jonathan Mooney is touched by beautiful human magic. His experience and talent have given him a unique perspective and a genuine, moving appreciation of those who live outside the lines and inspiring us to question the boring conventions that restrain us. I’d follow him just about anywhere.”
―George Hodgman, author of "Bettyville"

"An urgent, personal and long overdue manifesto against the tyranny of normal, whatever that it is. Normal isn't the problem, it's the tyranny."
―Seth Godin, author of "This is Marketing"

"Unforgettable. Smart. Humane. Hilarious. I laughed out loud with every page, except for the ones that broke my heart. ”Normal Sucks left me rooting not just for Mooney but for the countless readers who will be helped by this book."
―Meg Jay, PhD, author of "The Defining Decade" and "Supernormal"
The movement

Join our #NormalSucks rebellion by sharing what makes YOU different.

Normal masquerades as a universal human truth. But the reality is, it has a history of invention not discovery. The word normal didn't enter the English language until the 1860s. Normal arose in a cultural context of industrialization and standardization when there was a social imperative to make everything — and everyone — the same.

It’s got to go. Difference is essential.

Difference is the universal human truth. We are all permutations of the species. Every human being has value. And every human being has the right to be different. Stop faking normal. Resist normal. Celebrate the power of different.

Join the #NormalSucks rebellion with Jonathan Mooney & share what makes YOU different.

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about the author

Jonathan Mooney

Jonathan is a widely sought after speaker whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.

If you have an event, a publication, or neurodiversity need you would like to have Jonathan collaborate with you on, please don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

Connect with Jonathan

#NormalSucks Book Tour

7/29/2019 – Las Vegas California School Employees Association

The Paris Hotel, 3655 S LasVegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Contact: Karin Buckner, KBuckner@csea.com

7/31/2019 – Elm Brooks Schools /“iSummit Wisconsin” – Brookfield, WI

18700 West Wisconsin Avenue Brookfield, WI 53045
Contact: Jill McDonald,

8/7/2019 – Inclusion Fest – Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University 900 South Crouse Ave Syracuse, NY 13244
Contact: Dr. George Theoharis, Gtheohar@syr.edu

8/8/2019 – CAST – Cambridge, MA

1585 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact: Alie Berg, ABerg@cast.org

8/9/2019 – BVSD – Boulder, CO

Platt Middle School 6096 Baseline Road Boulder, CO 80303
Contact: Michelle Brenner, Michelle.Brenner@bvsd.org

8/12/2019 – GoalCast Live – Montréal, QC

Aire Commune 5705 De Gaspé - Montréal, Qc
Contact: Jessica Mackay, Jessica@GoalCast.com

8/21/2019 – Canada LDAO - Montréal, QC

Aire Commune 5705 De Gaspé - Montréal, QC
Contact: Lawrence Barns, Lawrence@ldao.ca

8/27/2019 – Early Childhood Summit

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Contact: Dave Ryderd, Ryder@veerconsulting.com

9/3/2019 – Aberdeen, NJ

New York Area
‍Contact: John Bombardier, JBombadier@marsd.org

9/4/2019 – Freedonia, NY

SUNY FREDONIA, Steel Hall, 287 Central Avenue Fredonia, NY 14063
Contact: Jen Osborne-Coy, JOsborne-coy@e2ccb.org

9/10/2019 – Darien, CT

7:00pm - 8:30pm; Darien Library 1441 Post Road Darien, CT 06820
Contact: Jamie Zionic, Jamie@zionic.net

9/11/2019 – Hartford, CT

3:00 pm, 83 Windham St, Willimantic, CT 06226; Student Center Theatre
Contact: Stacey Close, CLOSES@easternct.edu

9/14/2019 – St. Petersburg, FL

Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater FL 33759
Contact: Mary Daddio, MDaddio@jwbpinellas.org

9/17/2019 & 9/18/2019 – Miami Country Day School – Miami, FL

7:00pm – 8:30pm; Center for the Arts Auditorium
Miami Country Day School, 601 NE 107th St, Miami, FL 33161
Contact: Paule Ebrahimi, Ebrahimip@miamicountryday.org

9/19/2019 – Denver Academy – Denver, CO

6:30pm – 8:30pm; Denver Academy James E. Loan Athletic Center, 4400 E Iliff Ave. Denver, CO 80222
RSVP www.denveracademy.org/mooney
Contact: Philippe Ernewein, PErnewein@denveracademy.org

9/25/2019 – LAB School – Washington, DC

7:30-9:00pm; 4759 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
Contact: Karen Duncan, Karen.Duncan@labschool.org

10/2/2019 – The Friendship Foundation – Redondo Beach, CA

7:00pm, Friendship Foundation 2850 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Contact: Hildy, Hildy@creatingconversations.org

10/6/2019 – LA Dyslexia Award

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Lux Hotel 11461 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90066
To purchase tickets or Sponsor a Teacher to attend: DyslexiaLA.org
Contact: Nikki Young, nikkiryoung@gmail.com

10/7/2019 & 10/8/2019 – Minneapolis Groves Academy – Park, MN

7:00pm – 8:30pm; Groves Academy 3200 Highway 100 South St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Contact: Joanna Lackram, lackramj@grovesacademy.org

10/16/2019 – Christ School – Orlando, FL

6:00 – 8:00pm 106 East Church StreetOrlando, FL 32801
Contact: Julie Chan, 407-694-2854, aplaisance@thechristschool.org

10/21/2019 – UNC – Chapel Hill, NC

1:00pm - 3:30pm, George Watts Hill Alumni Center in the Carolina Club
UNC Campus – 550 Stadium Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Watch Live Stream: https://alumni.unc.edu/events/2019-annual-burnett-seminar/
Contact: Lara Edwards, LGerrard@email.unc.edu

10/23/2019 – Hallowell Center, Decoding Dyslexia, LDA & IDA, Mercer Island, WA

7:00pm – 8:30pm, Stroum Jewish Community Center3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Contact: Mallory Dehbod, Mallory@parentmap.com, Megan Reinmann, Megan

10/29/2019 – Children’s Health Council – Palo Alto, CA

6:30pm – 8:00pm, the Haymarket Theater at High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Contact: Cindy Lopez, clopez@chconline.org

10/30/2019 – ParkCity Reads – Park City, UT

6:00pm – 7:30pm; Park City High School Lecture Hall, 1750 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060
Contact: Elissa Aten, Elissa.pcreads@gmail.com

11/4/2019 – Capital Factory – Dallas, TX

6:30pm – 8:30pm, Capital Factory, “Arcade” Room 3102 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

11/5/2019 – Capital Factory – Austin, TX

6:30pm – 8:30pm; Capital Factory, “Voltron” 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Contact: LPolvado@gmail.com

11/12/2019 – Austism Foundation – Las Vegas, NV

6:00pm – 7:00pm; Clark High School 4291 Pennwood Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Contact: Karen Taycher, KTaycher@nvpep.org

11/18/2019 – New Roads School, Los Angeles

7:00pm – 8:30pm; New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Mark Vickers-Wills, mvickers@newroads.org