I tend to ignore books about ailments and diseases, but every now and then a book comes along that looks like a lot of fun in spite of it being part of the malady genre. Born on a Blue Day was one of those. This is the memoir of a man who is an autistic savant, much like the character in Rain Man, but on the higher functioning end of the autism scale. Daniel Tammet has been through a lot. He's dealt with Asperger's, epilepsy, and homosexuality. He's worked hard to learn to understand human emotions and how to react to them. He's pushed himself to travel and meet folks who want to know more about him and his brain. He has learned many languages--including Icelandic in one week. He has set a world record by reciting 22,514 digits of pi in five hours and nine minutes. He tells his story simply and with candor. I enjoyed hearing about Daniel's story from Daniel himself, but I feel that I would have been just fine without having experienced this book. It sort of felt flat to me, not great or bad, just average. My rating: 3 stars.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018
Following Bunny Mellon with this book might have been a bad move, two women from roughly the same period, both entrenched in high society. This is the story of the woman who changed the course of the British monarchy when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry her. Queen Elizabeth would not be reigning if not for Wallis Simpson.
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