Do you ever feel there just isn’t enough minutes in the day to skim the surface of life? Well that’s pretty much how my life has been. My work schedule has FINALLY settled this week & hopefully I’ll find much more time to have a book on my lap, and then of course, share my thoughts about them here – not to mention hopping onto other book blogs. YEAH!
Enough about me and onto the books… I’ve finished this one:
This was our book club’s October selection and it definitely lead to interesting discussions, everything from parenting styles to tolerance to mainstreaming children in public schools. The main character, Christopher, has Asperger’s and comes upon a neighbor’s dog who has been murdered. He enjoys Sherlock Holmes books and decides to play detective as he sets out to find the killer and along the way finds out much more. This book is a quick read, and written with very little fluff, since Christopher is telling the story, that is the way he sees life, very factual. Christopher’s perspective and voice can be very funny at times as his honesty, which he stakes much pride in, is humorous, almost todderlike. He puts it out there, calls a spade a spade – makes you laugh out loud and also wonder why we just don’t all speak so frankly to each other, not judgemental or rude, just honest.
What I liked about the book is that it really gives you an inside look and understanding of what a day in in the life of someone with Asperger’s or Autism is like (well, as close as one could imagine, I guess).
I also finished:
(Click the picture to read a description) Ebershoff wrote this love story loosely based on Danish painters Einar and Greta Wegener. Einar struggled with gender identity and Greta loved him unconditionally, most often putting his happiness before her own – almost assuming a mothering role to Einar. As she watched Einar transform into a woman (who they named Lily) Greta selflessly supported Einar and Lily, knowing that she was pushing them away. Then, in 1931 Einar became the first man to undergo a permanent sex change, via many surgical procedures and painful lengthy recovery periods.
The Danish Girl was absolutely different than anything else I’ve ever read, which is always good. However, I did find that toward the end of the book I wanted to jump into the story and cut the cord between Einar(Lily) and Greta, but that’s not the way they were. I guess I just don’t have that ‘unconditional’ thing with my hubby – the minute he would sport a dress and starting looking for a man, he’d be out the door (handbag and all).
And I’m the middle of this one (another Ebershoff book):
So far, I can’t put it down (well, long enough to post this I suppose).