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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary

Canadian Michael McCreary introduces himself as a stand-up comedian who is also on the Autism Spectrum

In his book, he explains parts of his life that were important to becoming a comedian. He also explains how his autism spectrum has affected him at different times in his life. He writes very well, and candidly. His first “romance," for example, was pretty embarrassing, in a cringe-worthy way, and exaggerated by language miscues. He narrates what happened to him at different times, and points out how a neurotypical person would not – probably – have made the mistakes he made. I learned the word neurotypical from this book, and a lot about ASD as it relates to the author, which is his stated goal. He has succeeded very well!

This is a really accessible, engaging, often laugh-out-loud funny, but sneakily informative book. To me, it’s a window into his world. For someone on the spectrum, it’s a rare and invaluable literary mirror. Because of this book, I’ve learned a little bit, and am also going to try to see some of his comedy! I highly recommend this book and urge you to make room for it in your library. 

Young Adult Non-Fiction Paperback pr1306363


The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Book 2) by Mackenzi Lee

My favourite books have had swords and all things swashbuckler-y (also dragon-y), since forever. What a delight to start a book, expecting neither, and finding both. Admittedly, the title does have “piracy” right in it - fair, enough...

Our heroine, Felicity Montague, is described as wanting to become a doctor, womanly wiles – blah, blah, blah, so one really doesn’t expect so much action… but, I’m getting ahead of myself. Felicity’s story begins when her employer - to her narrowly suppressed glee – accidentally cuts himself. She’s pleased because the wound requires stitches and she’s been reading voraciously about how to do stitches and wants a chance to practice. (In an anticlimactic side-note, she’s disappointed to find the cut isn’t serious). In her world of the 18th century, women aren’t admitted to medical school and she’s been rebuffed at every turn. Her attempts to enroll lead her to a recently estranged friend’s wedding, where Felicity hopes to meet the groom – a doctor she admires. Her plan of how this meeting might in any way lead to an apprenticeship proves a moot point when her friend, the bride, suddenly flees the morning of the wedding. Felicity follows... and we follow into a WONDERFULLY unpredictable plot.

Felicity’s wit and many of the conversations are extremely quick and funny. All of the characters are engaging and well-drawn, especially Sim, one of said pirates from the title. Sim’s interest in Felicity and Felicity’s disinterest in romance (her asexual nature) add to the suspense of the book, but don’t take away from the dragons. YES! Dragons! We don’t even have time to talk about them. I cannot wait for the third book in this series. I didn't read the first but had no problem in following the plot. Recommend this book to fans of the adult and YA Gail Carriger series, particularly the adult series the Custard Protocol.

Young Adult Fiction
Hardcover pr2183475 
Audiobook pr2759208

 

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