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review 2017-08-17 00:33
Not as intimidating as I thought it would be.
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity - Steve Silberman

I won't lie, I saw how thick this book was and over the years I hesitated as to whether I should read it. Sometimes books like this can be a bit too much for me: the sciences/medicine is not my strength and I wondered if maybe my background in these areas was not at all up to snuff. I am happy to say that I was very wrong and this book was far more approachable than I thought it would be.

 

Author Silberman takes the reader through the stories of autism. How it was discovered, how patients were treated in history, how modern day families cope, how research, organizations, etc all developed, etc. It's an interesting look at what a family goes through, what science/medicine has said and done, how autism is viewed in the media and so forth. As someone who had about zilch knowledge about any of this I found myself reading only a few chapters a night because of both real life commitments and wanting to sit and absorb the stories Silberman tells. 

 

That said, the book is not without problems. As someone who is (I believe) not on the spectrum as with little experience with it, I'm not sure how to rate the book. I'd read the negative reviews and take everything (the reviews and the book) with a grain of salt. I personally thought it was a good primer but of course should not be the only book one reads on this subject. Sometimes his writing can be quite riveting and interesting but not everyone is going to want to know the minute details of what a researcher went through.

 

However, there are bits of those stories that might seem like they're really off-topic but perhaps not so much. The stories of how the "feeble-minded" and how they were treated were awful and the discussions of what some of the researchers went through in order to escape Nazi Germany were harrowing reads. This ended up being highly relevant and topical of a read although I can understand why some people wouldn't care for this information or see it as extraneous.

 

Overall, though, I'd recommend it. It somewhat reminded me of 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' in that it had a heavy focus on the people and was not as technical as I had thought they would be. Some chapters and sections are quite tedious and weren't as interesting as others but I think this would be a great read if you've got a long journey and need something to occupy your time. I suppose my final writing is a 3.5 but I'm bumping it up. 

 

I bought this one as a bargain book which was right for me. I would expect you could easily find it readily available at the library or as a used book. At $19 USD it might be a bit expensive as a purchase but might be worth it for research or if it's a book you might set aside for long periods of time.

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photo 2016-07-20 09:29

New York Times bestselling author Steve Silberman on THE EAGLE TREE

"The Eagle Tree is a gorgeously written novel that features one of the most accurate, finely drawn and memorable autistic protagonists in literature. The hero of the book is like a 14-year-old Walt Whitman with autism, seeking communion with the ancient magnificent beings that tower over the landscape around Olympia, Washington. Ned Hayes plays with the conventions of the unreliable narrator so that you end up feeling like March is a very reliable narrator of glorious and terrifying aspects of the world that neurotypicals can’t see. Credible, authentic, powerful. A must-read.”

– Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

Source: theeagletree.com
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text 2016-05-02 13:00
April Wrap-Up & May Reading List
A Ghost In The Machine - Caroline Graham
The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes - Jon Lellenberg,Martin H. Greenberg,Daniel Stashower
The Black Country - Alex Grecian
For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery - Paula Paul
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity - Steve Silberman
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: 4: Fourth Annual Collection - Ed Gorman
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan
Wish You Well - David Baldacci

April Wrap-Up

 

I completed eight books in April. Here's the breakdown:

 

5 stars: 1

The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

4 stars: 0

 

3 stars: 5

Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham

The Secret of High  Eldersham by Miles Burton

The Yard by Alex Grecian

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

 

2 stars: 2

Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham

Veronica's Grave by Barbara Bracht Donsky

 

Reviews: 8

 

I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon this month and managed to read 2 1/2 books during the 24 hours. I also finally finished adding all my books to Leafmarks.

 

May Reading List

 

I'm treating May as my cleanup month. The books that I didn't get to in March and April are on my reading list this month.

 

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text 2016-04-28 12:11
Steve Silberman Endorsement – The Eagle Tree

 

“The Eagle Tree is a gorgeously written novel that features one of the most accurate, finely drawn and memorable autistic protagonists in literature. The hero of the book is like a 14-year-old Walt Whitman with autism, seeking communion with the ancient magnificent beings that tower over the landscape around Olympia, Washington. Ned Hayes plays with the conventions of the unreliable narrator so that you end up feeling like March is a very reliable narrator of glorious and terrifying aspects of the world that neurotypicals can’t see. Credible, authentic, powerful. A must-read.”

 

Steve Silberman, New York Times bestselling author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

Source: theeagletree.com
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text 2016-04-04 14:28
March Wrap-Up & April Reading List
Death In Disguise - Caroline Graham
A Ghost In The Machine - Caroline Graham
The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes - Jon Lellenberg,Martin H. Greenberg,Daniel Stashower
The Yard - Alex Grecian
The Black Country - Alex Grecian
The Secret of High Eldersham - Miles Burton
For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery - Paula Paul
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity - Steve Silberman
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: 4: Fourth Annual Collection - Ed Gorman

 

March Wrap-Up

 

March wasn’t as a great a month as I thought it would be -- too much overtime, too little sleep. I read nine books in March and here's the breakdown:

 

5 Stars: 1

Sherlock: Chronicles by Steve Tribe

 

4 Stars: 2

The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham

Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton

 

3 Stars: 4

Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham

The Dragon Throne by Chrys Cymri

Relativity by James Swallow

Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen

 

2 Stars: 1

The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

 

1 Star: 1

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald - I'm still kind of angry about this one.

 

Reviews: 9

 

DNF: 1.5

Planet X - This is already in a pile ready to be donated or passed off to my nieces if they want it.

The Indomitable Ten - I plan on giving this book one more chance before writing it off. I might start on the short stories in the back and work my way forward.

 

I didn’t get to Lord of Chaos in The Wheel of Time series. I had planned on reading it toward the end of the month, but I made the mistake of picking up The Indomitable Ten first and it kind of killed my desire to read anything too intense or long, ditto for Infinite Jest. I did not complete the second volume of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes -- I have a little more than 200 pages left to go. I’ve also been slowly duplicating my library and reviews on Leafmarks based on the recommendations from both Murder by Death and Bookstooge’s Reviews on Board. Thanks guys!

 

 

April Reading List

 

My reading list for April isn’t too set in stone. I'm in the mood for Mystery right now, so most of my TBR is made up of that genre. Of course based on previous experiences, I'll plow through 5 or 6 books and then decide I need some Fantasy or Sci-Fi. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is April 23rd (two days before my birthday) and I have a tentative list, but that might change once again, depending on whether or not I burn out on Mystery earlier in the month.

 

 

 

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