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Anne Hawn's books

Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an extraordinary book! By the end, I felt like I knew what it was to be autistic. I'm sure that there is much more to the mental state, but the book goes a long way to putting the reader into a brain that feels so foreign. The main character is so compelling. It is easy to see why neither of his parents can handle living with him on a day to day basis. I don't know why this didn't occur to me before, but there are all sorts of marginal parents around who do a terrible job with their children and a certain percentage of special needs children are born into these families. By the end of the book, Christopher seems more mature than either of his parents. I found myself cheering him on as he made his train journey and aching for him as he found out what his parents were really like. This is a must read.

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