I just finished reading The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam, the story of her survival of the Cambodian sex trade and her work to end the sexual exploitation of girls and women. This is such a difficult topic–and one many of us don’t know about and don’t like to think about. This is important to know. And it happens in our own communities. Someone asked why I read such depressing books. I read to know. Because knowing is important.
Mockingbird and Anything But Typical feature kids with Asperger’s Syndrome as their main characters, which was interesting for Tess and opened up some great conversations for us. For example, in Mockingbird, Caitlyn’s counselor has a poster of human emotions in her office and Tess said that would really help her, too.
Mockingbird‘s Caitlyn is a girl whose brother has just been killed in a school shooting, so I wondered about the impact of that on Tess–but in her mind, that part of the story was secondary to Caitlyn’s journey through Asperger’s.
In Anything But Typical, the main character is a boy with Asperger’s who writes a lot, and Tess identified with him. Like Tess, he also finds it easier to have friends at a distance–like in an online writing group, for instance. I think it helped her process some of her feelings about social difficulties.
We just started Keeper and we both really like it so far--more on it after we finish it.
For my work, I’m re-reading one of my favorite books about change processes: Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. Really, read this book if you are at all interested in systems change. And if the topic of change interests you, Change by Paul Watzlawick is a must.
What are you reading?