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review 2017-11-01 23:06
A New Man by P.D. Singer 4.5 Star Review!
A New Man - P.D. Singer

Senior year of college is for studying, partying, and having fun before getting serious about life. Instead, Chad’s days are filled with headaches and exhaustion, and his fencing skills are getting worse with practice, not better. Then there’s his nonexistent love life, full of girls he’s shunted to the friend zone. Is he asexual? Gay?

Grad student Warren Douglas could be out clubbing, but his roommate is better company, even without kisses. He’s torn up watching Chad suffer, gobbling ibuprofen and coming home early on Friday nights. If Chad weren’t straight, Warren would keep him up past midnight. They’re great as friends. Benefits might answer Chad’s questions.

A brief encounter with lab rats reveals Chad’s illness—he needs surgery, STAT, and can’t rely on his dysfunctional parents for medical decisions. Warren’s both trustworthy and likely to get overruled—unless they’re married. “You can throw me back later,” Warren says, and he may throw himself back after his husband turns out moody and hard to get along with, no matter how much fun his new sex drive is. Surgery turns Chad into a new man, all right…

…but Warren fell in love with the old one.

 

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 Phew. This is a great book with a wonderful premise which I don't want to spoil.

 

A grand  friends to lovers and marriage of con but between lovers tropes.

 

Then, there is fencing, science, Colorado, body image, sexuality, and masculinity layered into a compelling romance between two super smart and kind heroes.

 

Really great!

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review 2017-10-22 15:17
Neurodiversity, Judy Singer
NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - J... NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

Singer claims to have coined the term "neurodiversity" in her undergrad thesis about autism, disability and society, which is printed here with a lengthy Introduction. It's a quick read and a worthwhile one from a historical perspective and for its blend of social commentary, autism advocacy and personal memoir.

It's interesting to note that the term "neurodiversity" now covers a much bigger range than just the categories of neurotypicals and autistic people/Aspies. It's been adopted as an umbrella to cover dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D, stroke survivors and more. It's become an important social movement in less than twenty years but still needs much greater recognition and acceptance by society as a whole.

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text 2017-10-14 18:40
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 82 pages.
NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - J... NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

The autobiographical segment seethes with emotion.

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text 2017-10-09 18:42
Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 82 pages.
NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - J... NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

Oh dear! Well that rapidly deteriorated - I'm not sure if it's all just nonsense or if I just don't know what she's talking about...

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text 2017-10-08 18:42
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 82 pages.
NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - J... NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

Singer talks about how language surrounding neurodiversity hadn't "crystallised" at the time of writing. Thankfully "autisitics" seems to have died. It's like referring to  people as "disableds." 

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