I read a lot, but these days it's mostly fiction and usually from the Redondo Beach or Palos Verdes libraries. Sometime I get impatient being 8 or higher on the waiting list, however, and I'll rent from The Palos Verdes Library District's rental collection. They charge $2 per week.
I didn't want to wait for Jodi Picoult's latest release, "House Rules," and rented. I simply couldn't put this book down and read long through the night last night to finish it for today's due date. Part of that was my frugality, but it was an incredibly compelling read!
This is the synopsis of the book from Jodi Picoult's official site. "'House Rules' is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel -- and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. HOUSE RULES looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way – but lousy for those who don’t."
Jodi Picoult sure tackles the difficult parts of family life and somehow makes us fall in love (or hate) with her characters.
We hear a lot these days about the autism spectrum of disorders, of which Asbergers is part.
I recommend this book very highly, but it is not light reading. You are going to hurt as the characters are so darned real.
At the site there are interviews with Jodi Picoult about all 17 of her books and I was delighted to see that number 18 will be out next spring: "Sing You Home." Check it out.