Here's my most coveted:
Look Me In the Eye: My Life With Asperger's by John Elder Robinson
Published: 25 September 2007 by Crown
Pages: 288 (hardcover)
Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent evenings pickling himself in sherry. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.
After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS, for whom he created their legendary fire-breathing guitars. Later, he drifted into a “real” job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be “normal” and do what he simply couldn’t: communicate. It wasn’t worth the paycheck.
It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself—and the world.
I love true stories like this - whilst being interesting they are also inspirational.
Speaks the Nightbird (Matthew Corbett #1) by Robert McCammon
Published: 17 July 2007
Pages: 816 (paperback)
The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies — and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....
After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning. Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople. Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force more malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel — and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives.
I have the second book in this series, The Queen of Bedlam, but I want to read this one first. I don't know if it's a series that needs to be read in order necessarily, but I want to read it in order!
The Floating Brothel by Sian Rees
Published: 11 January 2001 by Headline Book Publishing Ltd
Pages: 256 (hardcover)
A seafaring story with a twist -- the incredible voyage of a shipload of "disorderly girls" and the men who transported them, fell for them, and sold them.
There are very few books about female convicts on the transports to Australia - I want this one but it's proving incredibly difficult to track down!