Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change by John Elder Robinson. Robinson undergoes experimental research--allowing his brain to be zapped with electricity--to see if electric stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS) can help improve symptoms of his autism. This is a fascinating journey of self-discovery and personal transformation by the author of Look Me In … Continue reading Book Review: Switched On by John Elder Robinson
Robinson who has written other books about autism has a difficult start in life. He grew up feeling different and not knowing why or how to label it. He was frequently told he needed to look people in the eye. Ostracized by kids, he turned to adults who were more forgiving of his lack of social … Continue reading Book Review: Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robison
Brina, Elizabeth Miki. Speak, Okinawa: a Memoir. Brina struggles to understand her parents and her unique heritage. Brina is a Japanese-American writer who currently lives and teaches in New Orleans. Chang, David. Eat a Peach. Chang writes about his fame as chef at Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious. David Chang is of Korean … Continue reading May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Though she is an expert who has trained many raptors, MacDonald feels compelled to train a goshawk after her father's death. Known to be the most difficult of all to train, the goshawk is a suitable challenge that allows her to grieve and escape from the world. MacDonald's father, a photojournalist, viewed the world through his camera lens. He taught Helen … Continue reading Book Review: H is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald