Jan Hecht, circulation associate at the Elizabeth branch of HCPL, would like to offer you her review of Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum.
OverDrive is holding the Big Library Read through the end of the day Monday, April 13. For the remainder of today, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is available to download with no wait list, in both eBook and audio book formats.
If you do not have an HCPL card, OverDrive offers you a free digital access card using your mobile number.
You are reading this blog, so I think that you must love to read as much as I do. I mostly read fiction, but this time of the year I challenge myself to read more nonfiction. Using HCPL’s eBook service Overdrive, I found an interesting book by Michael McCreary, a 26-year-old Canadian comedian who is autistic—thus the name of his book is Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum. In this autobiography, he describes his life as the middle child of a family with “neurotypical,” otherwise known as “normal”, parents. His younger brother also has autism. Michael has met challenges throughout his life including his experiences being different than the other kids throughout elementary and high school. He loved to talk, he loved the arts, and at a point around his 13th birthday he decided that instead of being down-hearted about his life to make jokes about it. He became a comedian.
This book is Overdrive’s Big Library Read selection from March 23-April 13. The Big Library Read includes sharing thoughts about the book with other readers. It was very interesting to read these posts. I found that many who read the book were learning about the world on the autism spectrum for the first time. Others shared that they lived with someone on the spectrum, or they were on the spectrum themselves. All said that it was great to find a book in which Michael shares his life and experiences in such an open and honest way. I recommend this book too!