my reading list

I don’t have a lot of time to read. Truth be told, I don’t have a lot of time to do much of anything other than the things I actually have to do (and I don’t really even have enough time for those). But reading is a particularly tough thing to pull off. Case in point, at Katie’s request, I’ve been trying to read Eleanor and Park for a month. I’m about eight pages farther along than I was a week ago.

That said, there are three books coming out in the near future that I WILL, come hell or high water, read.


{image is the cover of Harper Lee’s upcoming book, Go Set a Watchman. Click on the image to pre-order}

The news was a roller coaster.

OHMYGOD Harper Lee is publishing a book! segued almost seamlessly into OHMYGOD Harper Lee is being exploited following her sister’s death which, after dipping into stomach flipping territory, chugged right back up the hill to OHMYGOD I want to be Harper Lee when I grow up. (It was all a hella interesting study in the presumption of competence, by the way.) In any case, I can’t wait.

And while I’d never remotely imply that the follow-up to one of the greatest novels in American history is not a big deal, my excitement about it kinda pales in comparison to the next two.


{image is the cover of Steve Silberman’s upcoming book, NeuroTribes. Click on the image to pre-order}

NeuroTribes is described as, “a groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.”

If that’s not enough to get your attention, how about this …

Autism is one way of being human. The quickest way to cure yourself of shallow assumptions and stereotypes is to talk to autistic adults, who are often marginalized and overlooked in the national conversation. In the course of doing research for my book, I’ve spent a lot of time with adults on the spectrum and their families. When you’re talking to a soulful, witty, complex man or woman — in spoken language, email, or using text-to-speech software — the endless debates about autism and its likely cause du jour fade into the background. What steps forth is a whole person who struggles with certain issues day to day, many of which are made worse by the truly shocking lack of societal resources committed to helping autistic adults live happier, more secure, and more independent lives.

From Jonah Lehrer’s interview with Steve for Wired

And if none of that does it for you, I once declared Steve the best Facebooker on the planet, which, in and of itself, kind of makes me want to read just about anything he writes.

And then there’s this.


{image is the cover of Julia Bascom’s upcoming book, The Obsessive Joy of Autism. Click on the image to pre-order.}

I may have squealed when I found out about this. Okay, I did squeal. Because, well, Julia. And a book. A book by Julia. Not much to do but squeal (and then pre-order the book.)

Three and a half years ago, I found Julia.

This is what I wrote when I did ..

It started with this:

Josie @josieiscreating @diaryofamom you will love this. 🙂…

which led me to this:

The Obsessive Joy of Autism

which I didn’t just love but adored and I knew I just had to read more, so I clicked over to this:

Just Stimming

where I read this:

Quiet Hands

And thought, “Oh my God, we ALL need to read this.”

And then I read more. And I came to this:

Dear “Autism Parents”

And when I got to this I nodded because it just made so much sense and because I get this.

God, do I get this.

(From All Roads Lead to Disclosure. Read the rest of the post here.)

I ended that post with the words, “Thank you, Julia, for everything.”

Three and a half years later, I’ve read everything that Julia wrote on Just Stimming. I devoured Loud Hands and gotten a second copy so that Brooke will have her own when she’s ready for it. Julia has become a trusted friend, a confidante, a guide. I still hang on her every published word. And I still thank her, for everything.

This is what it says about Obsessive Joy on Amazon:

‘Being autistic, to me, means a lot of different things, but one of the best things is that I can be so happy, so enraptured about things no one else understands and so wrapped up in my own joy that, not only does it not matter that no one else shares it, but it can become contagious. This is the part about autism that I can never explain. This is the part I never want to lose.’ Julia Bascom’s depiction of the joy of autistic obsessions tells a story about autism that is very rarely told. It tells of a world beyond impairments and medical histories, where the multiples of seven can open a floodgate of untranslatable joy, where riding a train can make everything feel perfectly sized and full of light, and where flapping your hands just so amplifies everything you feel. The Obsessive Joy of Autism will resonate powerfully with other autistic people, and encourage those who have a person with autism in their lives to look out for that joy, to chase it, to get obsessed.

I can’t wait for these books to come.

I have no time.

I will find the time.

3 thoughts on “my reading list

  1. very excited about Neurotribes…hoping this will change perceptions of autism, make a dent in how the general public views spectrum issues…so many old, tired narratives and stereotypes out there about autism, I think Neurotribes can push back against some of that. No pressure, Mr. Silberman. Your book, just…you know. Needs to change everything. (I suspect it will.)

    And the same for Julia’s book, the world needs it…she is wonderful, I love her writing and perspective. Excited for both of these books, can’t wait to read, share.

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