What sets this book apart from the reams of professional theorising on autism is the fact that it is written by an autistic, and a child to boot. Its short, question-headed chapters aim to disclose the 13-year-old author's "inner self", to make people "understand what we really are, and what we're going through".
...a captivating true crime narrative that’s sure to win new converts and please longtime fans of the genre.
...this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre.
Captivating and astute study.
Colored with quirky, picturesque details of Bay Area counter culture...Abbott's narrative balances idiosyncratic flourishes with universal emotions of anger, resentment, jealousy, and guilt.
...Angelou’s book deftly avoids the emotional neatness and easy redemption to which lesser memoirs succumb.
I cannot tell you...how much fun this memoir is to read. Volk has caught something of Schiaparelli's surrealist approach to art...
By revealing the comedy in many such scenes, Ruta adamantly rejects the role of passive victim. Her wit and lyricism often go hand in hand with the particular kinds of trauma common to our generation...
Bazelon’s book will increase understanding, awareness, and action.
To read this intensely private work is to look over the artist's shoulder as he crafts his own afterworld, a place where he lies in silent embrace with those he loves forever.
In my experience of the past few days you don't so much read Far from the Tree as cohabit with it; its stories take up residence in your head and heart, messily unpack themselves and refuse to leave.
The End of Your Life Book Club is a graceful, affecting testament to a mother and a life well lived.
The author has followed some of urban America's poorest young people...and revealing how their teachers are compensating for the missing investment in their early years by fostering what Tough sums up as "character".
...there are violently mixed feelings, erotic memories, loneliness, anger, and resolve in a book that takes its arc from the divorce, but its organization from the seasons, moving from winter to spring to “years later,” and frequently looking back...
...she vividly presents the startling price and the occasional payoffs of hope, which buys us, at best, the simple “dailiness of our lives.”
Izzo isn’t trailblazing, and the Austen connection is tenuous, but Kate’s search for love contains a surfeit of laugh-out-loud moments.
Because when all the regrets fade into the background, we are left with a father who loves his extraordinary son more than he loves himself.
The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.
I particularly like that she shares her mistakes, what didn't work, and her children's quite normal reactions, including lots of eye rolling and "but mommm!"s. She doesn't paint a super-mom/ super-kid picture.
...Roper ultimately succeeds in making the story of a new mom feel fresh and engaging.