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March 20, 2011

10 Down, 42 To Go "Twin" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Over the past several years I have been increasingly obsessed with memoirs, so I eagerly started Allen Shawn's Twin.

Shawn's autistic twin sister was institutionalized at age eight, and in this book he recounts how this affected both his life as well as his family's. Shawn's lyrical writing combined with his empathy for his sister and parents make this an engrossing book. His sister's absence is felt by all, especially Shawn.

As a bonus, this memoir depicts how autism diagnosis and treatment has changed dramatically over the years.

My next book is Jim Collins' book, Bring on the Books for Everybody.

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