This is easily in the top ten of audio books, ever.
The character of Mary -- I understand her and relate to her.
I read an essay about him about a year ago, this lead me to try this audiobook.
My husband and son are people with autism -- I have friends with Asperger Syndrome as well. They are thriving, and their lives are like his -- not slow moving disasters. I love the impact of being able to point out hopeful outcomes.
I am so glad that I read this book, my highest reccomendations!
There are too few books out there from the insider's experience. I know I could have used this myself.
Out of pure good fortune I had a blind friend and my parents got me signed up for books on tape as a child -- back fifty years ago. I got chills thinking about just how far ahead I've gotten because I can "ear read" well and at high speeds.
Ramps did not end architecture and accommodations will not end education. I will be suggesting more to people whose children have these traits that they don't have to "fail into" learning the way that they learn easiest.
I hope that in a future edition Ben Foss covers the homeschoolers like my parents -- and like me -- who found that childhood was important, made sure of plenty of social life outside of school, and tailored education to fit their child. My son, who has nearly the same developmental timeline as I had was diagnosed Autistic rather than ADHD like I was. I raised him based on how I was raised (it worked after all) and he is now a successful adult who will raise more children to this world with their own gifts.
I have read other books by Jon Ronson, and had expectations. This is not an expose sort of book. The second listen gave me time to see how he came to a very surprising (to me, anyway) conclusion.
People like to be looked at. It's a pretty simple idea. Being the parent who stays looking into the play place makes you a very great parent by kid standards, and if you are willing to go up with them -- ever -- it's as if you hung the moon. We never outgrow wanting to be seen and included.
This is a book best listened to in a group of people and then hearing the book as heard by all the people.
The book most like this is one I found in my grandmother's collection, the Art of Writing by Dorothea Brande because of the courage of their voices. That book is now on Audible; check it out.
When her husband proposed -- over and over again.
Now I know someone famous does stuff I've done all along.
Like Dorothea, Amanda is way ahead of her time. I plan on living in a world with many of her kind if I live long enough -- and humanity will be better for it.
I loved the book that was not written, Without going out and saying so explicitly every time Carl Hart made a choice that changed the direction of his life at least one other "how this could have gone down" was clearly available. It was like an origami book, folding in on itself every which way.
I don't know if this counts as a book but my first reaction to finishing it was to go to people I had not talked to in years, make re connections, and collect their stories while they still could. This book reminds me of the best of what autobiographies can do and made me wish to collect my own.
I wish that this book could be read by everyone, especially people who are at the social far ends.
I'm going to be listening to the back half of this book over and over again. The ongoing research and instructions for lucid dreaming will take time to learn but puts into words something that I have done myself since my teen years.
The idea that your dream life can be a video game of your waking life allowing you to create new paths to go on, to practice and rehearse, and to explore so that you have the opportunity to experience in your waking time a far richer and more confident "time when it counts".
How to succeed in Dreamland without really trying
The beginning of the book covers the history of sleep research, which I think everyone knows. I enjoyed his retelling of Thomas Edison's flexibility with the truth as far as how much he in fact slept. Taking another look at The Wizard of Menlo Park's life as opposed to his legends is pretty common lately but both Peter Noble and author Richard Wiseman gave an especially funny "behind the curtain" look at a not so well known figure in history.
I've listened to it more than once and will be listening again.
The rich, personal and true to the moment exchanges between the people who created history. It's possible to have a dialog with a book and this is one of the best examples I've ever read on how someone can have as a mentor someone hundreds of years in the past.
The most gut wrenching moment for me was the author's candid, frank and short explanation of why this period produced no women who were great lights. This came early in the book and in it explained how so much learning never passed out of the courts and to the common people.
I hope to find more of the source material and read it, then return and read this book again.
I Loved the contradictions and internal disconnect -- I've rarely seen the concept of a person without empathy more clearly acted out. For someone to express that they are broken, abused and stunted while at the same time crowing that they are the apex and possibly an improved part of the human condition -- yes, that's these people at their most two dimensional. What I liked least was the lingering feeling of pity. The mood brought on by reading hung on after like a bad smell.
The concepts were overexplained and the book could have gotten in and out in a much shorter time.
I enjoyed the varieties of experience, many points of view within the nonbelieving community.
If you are looking for a book putting forward the virtues of the Freethinking experience, this is more of the reverse -- some of the strongest negative language is reserved for descriptions of groups of freethinkers. Interesting . . . .
I'll be listening to this book again, at least once. I will be putting time into some changes based on the compassion fatigue concept and the lek concept -- really new ideas for me.
The idea that people don't burn out due to overwork but instead underwin -- I'm going to be putting that into action right away.
There's all kinds of myth about the founding of Tae Kwon Do and the effect that ITF and WTF have now. If you want the underbelly, with lots of documentation, this is your book. You'll be going to resources again and again to supply some historical background for the events described, and you will read it again and again.
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