Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Memoirs & Coffee Book Discussion Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Coordinator for the library, will lead the discussion of Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism (1995) by Temple Grandin. [The author will not be present.]

Ms. Grandin writes about what it is like to live with autism and to be among the few people who have broken through many of the neurological impairments associated with autism. In the foreword, Dr. Oliver Sacks says of the book, “Thinking in Pictures is a deeply moving and fascinating book because it provides a bridge between our world and hers, and allows us a glimpse into a quite other sort of mind.”

Ms. Grandin has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and, with her unique empathy for animals, is renowned for designing humane livestock handling facilities in the United States and abroad. In 2010, she was included in the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She also lectures on autism at meetings and conferences. Using her own experience, she explains how people with autism perceive and process visual and sensory information, experience and express emotions, and develop social skills.

There is no charge to attend the book discussion, and no sign-up is needed. For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

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