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Look Me in the Eye: my life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison DB64970
John Elder Robison tells the story of his life as a person with Asperger’s and how he felt socially inept and did not fit in, thus the title “Look me in the eye”.
He came from a dysfunctional family. His father was an alcoholic and beat him and his brother and his mother was mentally ill. John found his niche in electronics and worked building circuits and special effects for the band KISS, among others. After several years of that he decided he needed a “real job” and used his electronic abilities to get another job. He married his high school sweetheart and became a father. It wasn’t until in his forties, when he learned he had Asperger’s that felt he fit into the world. Recommended for KISS fans, and anyone wishing to know more about people with Asperger’s and their reactions and how they think.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson BR18651, DB69104
Lia’s best friend, Cassie just has died as a result of Bulimia. Lia is Anorexic and continually sets goals to lose five more pounds. Cassie comes back to haunt Lia and urge her to join her.
Alibi Man by Tami Hoag BR16909, DB63498
Elena Estes, a former cop, now works at a horse stable. She goes for a walk and discovers a groom, Irina that she works with dead in a canal. Elena investigates Irina’s death and helps the police. Irina was Russian and the Russian mob appears to be involved. This was a page turner with an unexpected ending.
The Loop by Nicholas Evans LT5749, DB46713
I really did not think I would like this as much as I did. This takes place in Montana where wolves were reintroduced to the area. Helen Ross works to put radio collars on the wolves to track and protect them. The ranchers in the area are against the wolves because they have killed cattle. Luke, the son of the leader of the ranchers, assists Helen with the wolves, much to the embarrassment of his father. It all comes to head when Luke is caught trying to save some wolf pups. Recommended for animal lovers and environmentalists.