So I’m not exactly hip to the current fiction. I’m a big non-fiction reader; I’ve never read a James Patterson book, the last fiction author I really got into was John Grisham (I know, I know) and “Twilight” means nothing to me except that people love vampires again.
But I wanted to tell you about a great novel I just read; it came out eight years ago so maybe many of you already perused it.
It’s called “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by British author Mark Haddon.
The book is written entirely from the perspective of a 15-year-old autistic boy named Christopher Boone, and it’s sort of a murder-mystery. But it’s so much more than that. Haddon takes us completely inside the mind of an autistic individual, and the book is incredibly clever, strange and intelligent.
I truly never knew where each page was going to take me, and I learned a lot on every page.
A great book, if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path read.
**I’ve talked about my love for the NBC show “Parenthood” on this blog a few times, and I have to say Season 2 has been just as good, if not better, than the first season.
Tuesday night’s episode, with Adam coming to a support group for parents of Asperger’s Syndrome kids, was beautiful and heart-wrenching. They’re really doing a great job exploring the Zeek-Millie marriage issues, and William Baldwin, who I only liked on the late, great “Dirty Sexy Money,” seems like a good addition to the cast.
The show has a ton of heart, with Julia talking to her daughter on her bed just one more example. If you’re not watching this yet, you really should be. I wouldn’t steer you wrong.
**Finally, this might not make sense to everyone, and might be too “Lifetime Movie” for others, but here goes.
The other day I was the beneficiary of an extraordinary act of friendship, from a person who had every right not to perform that act. They know who they are, so I’m not going to go on and on about who it was or what they did.
But Wednesday I thought about how friendship surprises us in so many ways. Sometimes we expect something from a friend, and they don’t deliver, and we get mad.
But other times, out of nowhere, someone you didn’t know was capable of being such a true friend, shows you a little something. And it just makes your day, and reminds you that people are basically good.
Kind of a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
And now, because you can really never hear this song enough…