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October 22, 2012
Carly's Voice: Breaking through Autism
by Fleischmann, Arthur & Carly
Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed very young with autism and went for years being wild and out of control, without speaking, although there was often a gleam of intelligence that popped through between wild episodes. Her parents devoted their lives and resources to getting her good teachers and caregivers; but things still looked hopeless until at age 10, she realized she knew enough words to type on a laptop. Her first typing was, “HELP TEETH HURT.” Over the next several years, she learned to express herself and slowly was able to get her caretakers, parents, and autism specialists to understand what she was going through and had been going through all of her life. She eventually appeared on television shows as an advocate for children with autism. She is now a high school student in gifted classes and a constant internet presence, answering questions about her condition. She still cannot speak, but she has found her “voice” through writing.
This is an incredibly moving and valuable book. I would think this is essential reading for any parents of autistic children, anyone who works with autistic children, and anyone just trying to understand the variability of the human mind.
You can follow Carly at: http://carlysvoice.com/home/aboutcarly/
— Recommended by Steve Bridge, Irvington Library
October 15, 2012
Watermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors
by Delingpole, James
Environmentalism has become so much a part of our lives that most of us give it no more thought than fish do about water. But what if the whole “global warming” movement were a scam, a sort of mass hysteria designed and promoted for the purpose of taking power?
According to James Delingpole, author of Watermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors, that is exactly what it is. “Watermelons” are people who are “green” on the outside, “red” on the inside—they may claim they want to “save the planet,” but in reality they want to dominate it. Environmental organizations such as The World Wildlife Foundation and Greenpeace are not, as they purport to be, tiny helpless organizations fighting against corporate greed. They themselves are massive, greedy corporations that amass billions of dollars. To further their goal of assuming world power, these eco-communists utilize junk science, character assassination, and lying. Delingpole warns, “taxes will be raised, your liberties curtailed and your money squandered to deal with this ‘crisis.’”
Recommended by Patricia Fogleman, Southport Library
October 8, 2012
by Colfer, Eoin
Daniel McEvoy is an Irish bouncer at a seedy casino in New Jersey. He’s not crazy about his job, hates his boss, and really hates the new hair plugs that are driving him crazy. And all of that was before his favorite hostess, Connie, is killed in the parking lot. McEvoy is sure he knows who the killer was, since a recent customer hadn’t been pleased that Connie had rejected his overtures. But really, overtures involving barbecue sauce? Who could blame her? As he investigates, McEvoy is pulled deeper into the underbelly of New Jersey crime. He’s plagued by real-life arguments with his lovely but certifiable upstairs neighbor Mrs. Delano, and the constant nattering of his sketchy doctor friend, Ghost Zeb (conversations that take place in McEvoy’s head, but annoying nonetheless). It’s too late to save Connie, but McEvoy refuses to give up on rescuing his friend Zeb. Colfer has created a world that is sometimes gritty and sad, but often laugh out loud funny.
Recommended by Cheryl Holtsclaw, West Indianapolis Library
October 1, 2012
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
by Winchester, Simon
His publisher calls this a biography of the Atlantic Ocean, and indeed this tale spans its life from geological beginnings on to its expected demise 140,000,000 years hence. The book’s scope seems as broad as the ocean itself, including a thousand years of human history and natural phenomena occurring on, in, and above it.
And Mr. Winchester is up to the task; he has spent most of his life on the Atlantic and its islands and shores, as well as reading the nearly 200 books cited in his bibliography. An engaging and colorful writer, he has filled the book with personal anecdotes, facts, and bits of trivia about history – commercial, military, natural, economic, and social.
He makes a persuasive case that the Atlantic is the axis of western civilization as was the Mediterranean Sea for classical civilization, and he describes some of the problems that civilization has created. The once inexhaustible supply of codfish has gone the way of the once inexhaustible supply of buffalo, and we do not yet know how tolerant the ocean will be of the oil spills and other pollutants that are disgorged into it.
It is a fascinating, erudite, and entertaining read.
— Recommended by Melinda Mullican, Wayne Library
September 24, 2012
The Cat Who Went to Paris
by Gethers, Peter
This is the true story of Norton, an adorable Scottish Fold kitten, who comes to live with a cat-hating screenwriter named Peter Gethers and grows up to travel the world meeting famous actors and writers and dining in style at the best restaurants in Paris. Amazingly, this classy cat actually enjoys traveling whether it is riding in Peter’s pocket through the streets and subways of New York City or jetsetting across country and around the world. Although Peter is initially aghast when his girlfriend presents him with this tiny kitten, Norton has Peter wrapped around his paw before the evening is over. This is the first hilarious volume in the Norton trilogy followed by A Cat Abroad and The Cat Who’ll Live Forever.
— Recommended by Deborah Jones, Franklin Road Library