Here's a book project I came across (and I'm always all about book
projects!). It's officially called "A-Z Wednesday," but I think any day is
a good day to review a book, so what the heck. If you want to participate, wait
until next Wednesday and then do it!
To join, here's all you have to do: Go to your stack of books and
find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.
1) a photo of the book
2) title and synopsis
3) link (Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc.)
4) Go to Reading at
the Beach and leave your link in the comments.
Be sure to visit other participants to see what book they have posted and leave them a
comment. (We all love comments, don't we?) Who knows? You may find your next
THIS WEEKS LETTER IS: S
A Father's Journey with his Wordless Daughter
What better book to pick for the letter "S." The
review I posted in February, 2008, when the book came out reads:
A lot of people have been waiting for
this book for a long time, and thank goodness it was well worth the wait. Many of us
first encountered Schuyler either just before or shortly after her birth, through reading
Rob's web site, then called "Darn Tootin'" (now called "My Beloved Monster and Me"). We
watched as Rob and Julie struggled with growing awareness that Schuyler's slowness to talk
was more than just slowness. We cried with them as they learned of her
"monster," Congenital Bilateral Perisylvian Syndrome (CBPS), we cheered as
Schuyler got and began to master her "big box o'words," a machine which gives
her a voice, and surpassed all predictions for what she would be able to accomplish.
Now Rob has put the whole story in
book form, a well-written saga which is as easy to follow as a novel, with (for those who
are coming cold to Schuyler's story) all the elements of suspense that you would find in a
mystery story. Through it all you watch two ordinary individuals interact with an
extraordinary child and learn how the experience changes all of them.
No one looking at Schuyler can fail to
fall in love with this beautiful little girl who prefers King Kong to Barbie, who loves
dinosaurs and butterflies. It is unfortunate that we don't know how the story ends, as
this is a work in progress. But the story thus far is a gripping one and I suspect we'll
all be around for the sequel, whenever that comes.
Walt woke up to e-mail from his sister
that their mother is back in the hospital with a fever and trouble breathing again.
She is prone to pneumonia which, at 96 years of age, is always a concern. Please
send all your prayers, vibes, good thoughts, and Christmas wishes toward Santa
Barbara. We will be going there on the 23rd to spend Christmas with her and with the
rest of the family. Jeri arrives in California tomorrow and will be with us as well.