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Sun, Feb 11


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February Book Club

This month we're reading "A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World" by Susanna Antoinetta. It's a literary memoir that draws from the author's personal experiences being bipolar as well as interviews with other neurodivergent people.

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February Book Club
February Book Club

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Feb 11, 2024, 12:00 PM CST – Feb 12, 2024, 1:30 PM CST

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From "How does everyone resist the lusciousness of others' minds, moving around us, with us, all the time, like a gallery of veiled art?" asks Susanne Antonetta in A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World (Tarcher/Penguin). Within its pages, she investigates the lives of several neuroatypicals: her friend Dawn, who has Asperger's syndrome and found human society difficult until she learned to exist with gorillas; her friend N'Lili, a 55-year-old man—in body—who has some 200 women living inside him; and Kyle Anderson, a teenage neighbor who killed an 8-year-old boy because, he said, the boy was driving him crazy with questions. We are invited most deeply, of course, into Antonetta's own mind, which is relentlessly inquisitive, dangerously intense, lyrical in its self-talk, and diagnosed bipolar. On the eve of an era when the genetic eradication of multiple-personality disorder, manic depression, Tourette's, and autism has become a real possibility, Antonetta not only warns us against a world impoverished by the absence of the future Van Goghs, O'Keeffes, Virginia Woolfs, and William Blakes, she suggests that given the slipperiness of consciousness, and the fine lines between creativity, adaptability, and madness, the rest of us might not be as neurotypical as we think.

— Pam Houston

210 pages

A note from CAYR: This book was published in 2007 and the author's perspectives do not necessarily reflect those of CAYR or its members. We chose this book because we think it will be valuable to discuss, but do not necessarily endorse everything it says. 

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