I loved Drawing with Autism by Jill Mullin. What drew me to it was my brother who is several autistic drew wonderful pictures of trains as a child. He...moreI loved Drawing with Autism by Jill Mullin. What drew me to it was my brother who is several autistic drew wonderful pictures of trains as a child. He is very detailed minded and loves colors. So without even opening the book I knew that I was in for a treat.
Opening this book, I was delighted to find Temple Grandin wrote the first opening essay. She describes herself as visually oriented. She struggled with algebra but excelled at geometry just like me. Now I think I know why I am always excited to hear her speak. I have never been told that I am autistic but something deep within identifies with her. She pointed out that her mother encouraged her artistic projects and that is what was really important the nurturing, without that people stop trying. I remember being proud of a picture that I made in first grade. When the teacher picked it and showed it to the entire class and then tore it down bit by bit. I could feel myself rapidly sinking into a hole.
The author points out that each of the artists in this book, no matter where they were on the autistic spectrum was nurtured and that was the difference. They were encouraged to do more, they were encouraged to do what they liked in art. I think that is the magic ingredient. The author want to feature artists with autism instead of the unusual mathematic or scientific areas.
The chapters are arranged by themes, repetition, another world etc. The book includes everything from cartoons to luminescent pictures of trees in snow to happy figures dancing with a happy dog. One of my favorite is the one with almost 400 birds. All the artists have been nurtured in whatever mode of art that they chose. I love this book! There is only one negative that I have and that is the incredibly small print in this book. I had to use a magnifying glass to read it. Other than that it is the pictures that shine in this wonderful book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves art.
I received this book as a win from the Library Thing but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review.
Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews was a good cozy mystery to me but I don't understand why she has cockatiels on the cover and the title is about c...moreCockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews was a good cozy mystery to me but I don't understand why she has cockatiels on the cover and the title is about cockatiels. Cockatiels are mentioned in this book but there are no individual cockatiels connected to this story. That is my main complaint.
I liked the main character, Meg Langslow. She was smart,witty and funny.
A friend from the past makes her promise to take care of her son, two year old, Timmy. Karen says that she will be back soon. The friend, Karen wasn't close to Meg so when the friend does not return she goes to the police who just don't seem that interested. Later in this book, she convinces them that there is something very wrong going on and they start to help her. But she does most of the mystery solving herself.
Meg like to make forges items like towel racks to sell. She is newly married and is not sure that she is Mommy material. As the hours pass, she has to use the services of her grandfather, father, brother and her husband to help take care of Timmy. Timmy is the poster child for two year olds. He has a knack for getting into messes and being annoying. I loved this character more than the rest of the characters in this book!
Along with Timmy and the relatives there is a menagerie of animals that makes the story more interesting.
There were laugh out loud moments, outlandish chase scenes and many other successful ingredients to this mystery.
I highly recommend this cozy mystery to cozy readers but with a caution about the cockatiels not having a significant role in this cozy. (less)
Invisible City by Julia Dahl tugged at my curiosity about Hasidic Jews. They are indeed an invisible city, unless we read a book about their life by a...moreInvisible City by Julia Dahl tugged at my curiosity about Hasidic Jews. They are indeed an invisible city, unless we read a book about their life by a former Hasidic we really don’t know that much about their lives. The author is a journalist who writes about crime and if the main character could have a wish, I believe that she would like the same career.
Rebekah Roberts was raised by her father after her mother left her when she was just a few weeks old. Her father met her mother in the religion section of a bookstore. Her mother left them to return to a Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Rebekah felt discarded by her mother and even though she was now a “stringer” for a newspaper in New York, she felt that she could never forgive her.
Rebekah gets called off her assignment because a woman’s naked body was found in a scrap yard. When Rebekah got there the lifeless woman was dangling from a machine in the air. She could make out the poor woman’s leg. Rebekah finds out that scrap yard is owned by rich Hasidic Jew. She is shocked that there will be no autopsy. A group of Hasidic men come for the woman’s body and put it in a black body bag. She talks to a little boy who says he knows that his mother was not sick when she died. That and many other clues that pile up and the idea that the police will probably not investigate this crime spur her fact finding on. She is also haunted by the knowledge that her mother was Hasidic.
Julia Dahl writes a well-researched and intriguing mystery. As the story continued, I wanted to learn more about Rebeca’s mother. This story keeps you reading and makes me want to read the next one in the series. I was already with many of the customs and traditions of the Hasidic Jews but the book increased my vocabulary and I understand more about them with that added information.
I highly recommend this book to people who are intrigued by Hasidic Jews and by mystery lovers.
I received the ARC of Invisible City from Amazon Vine for unbiased review. The thoughts and feelings in this review are entirely my own. (less)