SHOUTING AT LEAVES
“I have lived through some horrible experiences, all in the name of treatment. But there was one thing I never let those people steal from me, and that was my spirit.”
Shouting At Leaves takes the reader on the journey of its autistic writer from toddlerhood to adulthood. With humor and grace, this book walks you through the mind and experiences of Jennifer as she navigates the world of family, friendships and school life. It places you with her as she is confined in the mental health system, and you will cheer her on as she not only survives but takes on a new life of freedom and joy in the end. She shares stories, tips, and strategies to equip you to be your own champion, and to build around you people who are loyal and true
"Jennifer Msumba has written a memoir of extraordinary beauty and power. This is one of the most important books you will ever encounter, no matter your walk of life or who you are."
-Michael B. Bakan, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Florida State University; author of Music & Autism: Speaking for Ourselves and World Music: Traditions and Transformations.
"I am both grateful and appalled after reading 'Shouting at Leaves'. I am appalled that any human could be treated this way in a modern society, but grateful that Jen is bringing this issue to light. Jen's honesty and vulnerability are commendable in the face of such abhorrent treatment. I believe this first hand account of mistreatment will bring change that is long overdue."
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"Jennifer's indomitable spirit shines through this text!"
-James McPartland, Ph.D.
Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology
Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
THIS IS ME
"Life is a test, and I'm
going to pass"
- Jennifer Msumba
Jennifer Msumba is an autistic filmmaker and musician who was once very shy, but through art has learned to love performing.
Jennifer is best known for her award winning film- The Fish Don't Care When It Rains
A prolific songwriter and filmmaker, she enjoys the art of telling a story in a way that most people can relate to, bringing them into her world and helping them examine their own. Her films and music are positive, fun and upbeat while weaving a baseline of grit and strength born through adversity.
It is worth noting that she is a member of American Mensa and is a Sundance Institute Fellow.