by Naoki Higashida
Translated by K.A. Yoshida & David Mitchell
This unique New York Times bestseller utilizes a question-and-answer format with some short stories interspersed.
For an hour or so (that’s all it takes to read this slim volume), readers enter the mind of a young man with autism. While some questions (and answers) can be repetitive, others are absolutely revealing. My favorites include the following:
Question 39: Why do you like being in the water?
Question 47: Would you give us an example of something people with autism really enjoy?
I will not reveal the answers, but I will tell you that they are both interesting and satisfying.
While the mysteries of autism are not solved by this book, the author’s revelations do give readers a little more insight into the world of autism.