Best Boy

Best Boy

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A middle-aged autistic resident of a therapeutic community where he was sent as a young child rebels against changes in his environment by attempting to return to a family home and younger sibling he only partially remembers.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781631490477
1631490478
Branch Call Number: FIC GOTTLIEB, ELI
Characteristics: 248 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm

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JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

This book is told from the point of view of Todd Aaron, an autistic man in his fifties living in a “therapeutic community”. The author utilizes great skill and evokes empathy in his readers as he shows us the world through Todd's eyes. Todd discusses the struggles of his daily life, his simple joys, his poignant memories of the past, and his sometimes crippling fears. But most of all, Todd's story gives readers a perspective on those who can be identified as fitting into the autistic spectrum. I found this book enlightening and heart-warming.

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becker
Apr 19, 2017

This book was an interesting look at what it might be like inside the mind of a grown man with autism. It deals with both his memories and his current day thoughts. I enjoyed this aspect of the book. However I had huge problems with the book structurally. It was just a mess of loose ends. It introduces several characters (and even partially develops them) and hints at many subplots and story threads but not a single one of them turns into anything. I waited patiently right until the last page, thinking something was going to tie together but it never did. Characters just drop right out of the story and their actions just disappear from the story line as though they never existed in the first place. I am very surprised it hasn't received more criticism.

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HollyDavis022
Jun 04, 2016

Autism from interesting perspective. Interesting

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rdw39
Apr 21, 2016

I thought this book portrayed a caring way to see someone with autism through the eyes of an older person. So many books focus on the younger people who have this challenge. It was a surprisingly good read to me, and I really felt a compassion toward the main character.

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foxylady31
Mar 14, 2016

A thoroughly good story about an autistic man who has been in institution since childhood. Very satisfying and understanding story

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behere
Oct 07, 2015

Very illuminating view of the thought processes of those who are not considered normal. I am fascinated by the different level of communication he has with nature and things and undercurrents in people.

madison382 Oct 03, 2015

A beautifully written book about a middle aged man living with autism. Very mesmerizing.

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behere
Oct 07, 2015

A bird saying to Todd, "Home is in your head." p 146.

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