This book is an autobiography written by a 13-year-old boy from Japan about what it is like to live with autism. The way autistic people view the world is very different than the way we may perceive them to view the world. This disconnect between how we view and treat people with autism and how they actually view the world makes living with autism even more difficult.
The Book in Three Sentences: Oliver Sacks was a brilliant
physician and a fantastic writer. He lived a full life that included dealing
with criticism over being gay, attending medical school at Oxford University,
experimenting with heavy drug use, traveling the United States and Canada by
motorcycle, suffering life-threatening injuries, squatting a California state
record of 600 pounds, and being honored by the Queen of England for his many
books and storied career as a physician. Sacks is a symbol of the importance of
writing, the power of exploration and inquisitiveness, and the need for empathy.
The Book in Three Sentences: This book is a collection of
transcriptions from a series of interviews between writer Calvin Tomkins and
artist Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp believed strongly in doing work that was free
from tradition and starting with as much of a blank slate as possible. He was
also quite playful, worked slowly, and saw laziness as a good thing.
The Book in Three Sentences: This book is a series of
letters written by a successful entrepreneur, John Graham, to his son offering
various pieces of advice throughout the boy’s college years and early career.
For example, 1) It isn’t so much knowing a whole lot, as knowing a little and
how to use it that counts. 2) Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and
putting off a hard one makes it impossible. 3) A good wife doubles a man’s
expenses and doubles his happiness, and that’s a pretty good investment if a
fellow’s got the money to invest. And many other insights.