31. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Inspirational, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism by Kate Winslet, 286 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/30/2012

Kate Winslet did the English voice narration for a documentary on autism, A Mother’s Courage (aka The Sunshine Boy) and learned of a whole other world of people who are intelligent and vital but unable to communicate through normal means. She met the filmmaker, Margret who filmed her own story with her autistic teenage son who wasn’t able to communicate until he was 10 through the use of a typing letter board.

Winslet wanted to create awareness of autism and to share some of what she had learned it might be like to be autistic or to be the parent of an autistic child. Kate Winslet’s daughter saw the documentary and asked if Kate could imagine not being able to hear her say, “I Love You Mommy.” Winslet knew she needed to do something. This book was born. She shares emails between herself and Margret, first words and photos from people with autism and asked friends and others famous people to pass her well known hat around with a digital camera and to take a photo of themselves with the hat and sent it on with a quote summing up something important they would wish to express if they only had a few words after not being able to communicate for years.

A fast but moving book both visually with the photos and demonstrates the power of words.

23. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Paranormal, Robin, Romance · Tags: , ,

Water Bound by Christine Feehan, 488 pages, read by Robin, on 01/01/2012

Water BoundOne of the best parts of this book is the heroine, Rikki, and the way she deals with both her Autism and a new man in her life – one that won’t be pushed aside and is willing to do what it takes to make her comfortable with him. In the beginning of the book, Rikki rescues Lev, the hero, from the sea while she is diving for sea urchins. She figures that she found him in the sea, therefore by the laws of the sea, he is her responsibility. The story, from there, is almost your typical romance, except for the issues created by Rikki’s somewhat severe Autism and her paranormal ability to manipulate water. There is a lot of excitement and action (and a bit of sex, too – though it’s pretty mild) and the story sets up the rest of the “Bound” series by introducing Rikki’s “sisters” (not actually related), each of whom seems to be bound to a different element. If the rest of the series is as good, this will be a great way to get some fun and escapist reading done!