Written by then 13-year-old Naoki, The Reason I Jump is a wonderful collection that answers the never-ending slew of questions regarding autism. Naoki has autism; he has a hard time communicating and every day social situations make him nervous and frustrated. But his language isn’t stunted. He’s intelligent, charming, and driven to achieve his goals and dreams. Inspired to educate the world on the mystery of the autistic brain, Naoki wrote this book, answering questions like “why do you talk so loud?”, “why don’t you make eye contact?” and, yes, even “why do you jump?”
When an invitation to spend a weekend away to celebrate the upcoming marriage of an old friend arrives, lonesome writer Leonora is reluctant to accept. But accept she does and she heads into the English countryside for what is supposed to be a relaxing holiday of bachelorette games, hiking, and friendship. Soon upon arrival, however, it’s clear that tension is not only high among the guests, but outside, as well. Leonora and the other party goers may not be alone and their cabin in the woods quickly becomes something to fear, rather than the sanctuary they were hoping for.
A genre that I’ve recently grown to love and look for is the “successful and funny women writing about their successful and funny lives” genre. I enjoyed reading the tales of Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling but nothing filled my heart quite like the witty and relatable stories of Lauren Graham in Talking as Fast as I Can, which I’ve admittedly read more than once. From her beginnings as a DC local, to her college years on stage and her performances as the endearing Lorelei Gilmore and the rebellious Sarah Braverman, Graham opens the door to her life in a way that will make fans love her more than they already do. But back off she’s mine, okay?