Friday, September 01, 2006

Book tag

I've been tagged. Twice. This was a tough one for me. There are so many books that I love; it was hard to choose just one in each category.

One book that changed your life?
The Baby Book by Sears & Sears. This book sold me on attachment parenting, and taught me to approach issues and concerns by focusing on connecting with Bud. I decided that attachment parenting was the right philosophy for us long before I knew that Bud was autistic, and I think it would have been a good decision even if Bud was neurotypical. In retrospect, though, I can see that autism has made this philosophy, and this book, invaluable to me.

One book you have read more than once?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I'm a fan of "juvenile fiction" in general. Many of my favorite books were written for the 9-to-12-year-old market. But The Westing Game! Oh, how I love this book. I first read it shortly after it was released in 1978. I've read it many times since. And I'm really looking forward to sharing with Bud in a few years.

One book you would want on a desert island?
Gah! I've been sitting here staring at a blinking cursor for 20 minutes. This is an impossible question. Am I going to be on the desert island for the rest of my life? Am I all alone? Do I have only one book? I can think of only one way to answer this question: "I don't know. Surprise me!"

One book that made you laugh?
Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott. Somebody gave me this book right after Bud was born and I read it while I nursed him, which was no easy feat because 1) he had an impossibly large head and I needed both arms and a couch full of pillows to hold it in place, and 2) he had trouble latching on, so once I had him in place I needed to stay as still as I could or risk disrupting the whole business. I spent most of our nursing time wondering how it was that other women made it look so easy, bemoaning the fact that I wasn't finding it easy at all, and thanking heaven for Anne Lamott, who made me feel normal, couch full of pillows and all.

One book that made you cry?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. One of my favorite books of all time.

One book you wish had never been written?
The Starr Report: The Findings of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr on President Clinton and the Lewinsky Affair by Kenneth Starr. Perhaps if Congress had not wasted 8 years and 40 billion dollars waging a personal attack on Bill Clinton, we would not be where we are today.

One book you are currently reading?
Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern. More on that when I've finished.

One book you have been meaning to read?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Can you believe I've never read it? I was around Catcher in the Rye age when John Lennon was murdered, and it was revealed that his murderer was obsessed with the book and had a copy in his possession when he was arrested. I have tried to read it several times since then, but as a Beatles fan I just find that the association is too powerful and I can't get past the first page.

One book you wish you had written?
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet speaks to my inner-ten-year-old.

Tag, you're it!


Tara said...

"A Prayer For Owen Meany", has special significance for our family-someone very special is named after the title character. I bet you can guess who.
I love Anne Lamott too.

MOM-NOS said...

Okay, Tara, now that you've outed yourself that you've read the post you are officially tagged!

kristina said...

I found this tag so hard I reserved the right to do a "non autism book meme post"!

I first thought you wrote one of my own "juvenile fiction" favorites, The Egypt Game. Jim has taught Anne Lamott's books a few times---there's a video, Bird by Bird with Annie, following that book...... I await your thoughts of Eye Contact.

(And Charlie had, still has, an "impossible large head.")

Anonymous said...

Let's hear it for pumpkin-headed babies! My guy was 9 lbs 9 oz / 4.3 kg so he was never a wee babe in arms, but my golly...

Sharon McDaid said...

When Duncan was a baby, I scoured the internet looking for advice on very needy babies. I came across the Sears site and bought 'The Fussy Baby Book'. It helped me so much, gave me confidence to accept Duncan as he was, and to carry him in the sling all day if he wanted, and nurse him when he wanted. The other baby books I had, and people I knew, were more into 'sleep training' and if I'd followed their advice, I may have damaged the bond between us. Years later, when I knew he was autistic, I felt so much relief that I didn't try to force him to sleep alone too soon and that we did develop (and still have) such a close attachment.

The Jedi Family of Blogs said...

Ditto the Dr. Sears comments. The night-parenting book saved our sanity, as B did not sleep through the night until he was 2 1/2. I have been told by his psychologist that our efforts helped make him into the attached kid he is (yay!). I also love "The Westing Game" & am an unashamed kid-lit fan :)

Daisy said...

Nothing wrong with Kid Lit -- I would read it even if I didn't need to. I'm lucky -- reading Kid Lit is part of my job. (6th grade teacher) So Kid Lit fans -- what do you think of the character in E.L. Konigsburg's Silent to the Bone? Aspergers maybe?

MOM-NOS said...

Kristina, I'm actually using an excerpt from Bird by Bird in the first session of my writing class. And I'm looking forward to reading what you wrote about Eye Contact as well. I'm saving your posts to read after I've written my own (so that I'll know that my reaction is actually mine, and not just a good perspective of yours that I've adopted!) I've only got a few pages left, so the post should be coming soon.

Daisy, I haven't read Silent to the Bone - but I loved From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Oh, and Daisy? Consider yourself tagged.

Daisy said...

I accept the tag -- and it's posted now.