Born on a blue day : inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant : a memoir
Author: Daniel Tammet
Publisher: New York: Free Press 2007
Topics: autism, GLBT, coming of age
Media Type: Book
Grade level: 10+
Reader's annotation: Take a journey into the mind of someone who sees personalities in numbers and can learn new languages in a snap but struggles with some of the things most of us take for granted.
Summary: This is a memoir of an autistic savant who really wants the rest of the world to understand what he and others like him go through on a daily basis as they live with their condition. At the time of writing his story, Daniel lives with his boyfriend, has a job that he enjoys and is living an almost normal functioning life in a lot of ways. But it wasn’t always this way and we see the kind of internal struggles Daniel had to deal with as he grew up. Fascinating story that is a great follow-up after reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. He takes us from the beginning, from how is parents dealt with him as a baby and small child, through his childhood and teenage years to his adulthood.
Evaluation: Amazing insight into the life of a savant. The reader gets a front row seat to how he got where he got without feeling like you are invading his space, which of course is what he is struggling with all the time. The way he “sees” the world will benefit anyone who reads this and peak their imagination.
- I grew up outside of Boston, went to college in western MA and lived in NYC dancing for several years before getting my teaching credentials and unintentionally moving to Santa Cruz CA. Married and divorced with two kids almost grown, a daughter in college and a son in high school, I am thrilled to be a librarian now, something that I should have done years ago. I love the applications of technology and realize that I have been interested in that since my first computer class back in 1986 - a new requirement for teaching degrees. Finally I can combine my love of curriculum, educational resources, working with adults and children, and technology applications.