Introducing the BigCalfGuy Book Club!

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Who doesn’t love a good book?

I ALWAYS have at least a couple I’m dragging around; and that got me to thinking.  Why not start a book club?


The BigCalfGuy Book Club!

Here’s how it will work:  Every month, we’ll select a book, preferably in the genre of autism, autism awareness, special education, tolerance, etc., and discuss it in the comment section below.  New books will be announced at the time of the book review/discussion.

For October, since we’re already 9 days in, I’ve selected a short book that popped up on my radar when watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

It’s called The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida.



It’s only 193 pages.  It’s also a NY Times Bestseller, and is described as a “one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.”  Sounds kind of awesome.  I’ve partially read one review that questions the credibility of a thirteen year old writing such a profound book.  Let’s find out together.  I didn’t finish the review, or read any others, because I want to keep an open mind.

I just bought my own copy on Amazon for Kindle.  It’s $9.00.  Public review and discussion will be on October 30th, when I post my review and thoughts.

If you come across a book that piques your interest that you’re sure the group would enjoy, drop me a line at for consideration.  I am a big believer that all of us is smarter than one of us.

So, grab your book, get reading, and be ready to join the conversation in three weeks!

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    • Barbara Miner on October 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm
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    After further consideration, I believe you do *yourself* proud, Ryan. (don’t talk to me about prepositional phrases!) You’re the one who took what you were given by the Nancy Moscones of the world and expanded on it.

    1. I had to look that up (

        • Barbara Miner on October 13, 2013 at 9:53 am
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        I ran right over to make sure I hadn’t blown it! Isn’t the internet awesome!?!
        And the book is a fast read–but definitely worth re-reading. I’m glad you suggested it….it’s helping me look at people, all people (I rather think we all fit in somewhere on that autism spectrum), differently, more compassionately, less judgmentally. Now to put feet to these ‘ahas’. (You know, as in ‘aha moments’.)

        Sorry…it’s not the 30th.

    • Barbara Miner on October 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm
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    I’m in.
    Also, just because I’m a frustrated English teacher, I want to thank you for using the word “pique” correctly–not to mention SPELLING it correctly! Ah, you do Nancy Moscone proud, Ryan darlin’. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much!

    • Wanda Bourgeois on October 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm
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    Sounds interesting, have never belonged to a book group. I am going to try currently reading for understanding Happy Kids by Cathy Glass I am just getting to the chapter Difficult Children. For escapism I am reading The Mortal Instruments by Clarissa Claire

    • Dawn Pray on October 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm
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    I haven’t been part of a book club in a long time. Will try :). I am excited to start! A journal article I read for middle school education recommended Carly’s Voice. Check it out…

    1. Will do. I have also been directed towards Love Anthony by Lisa Genova. Welcome aboard.

    • Nancy Moscone on October 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm
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    I’m in, but also reading another book for my “Lit. Ladies” book club (six Schenck teachers & the principal). We’re reading “Dinner With the Smiley’s” and Sarah Smiley is coming to my house on Oct. 24th for our book discussion! How cool is that?? So are you sure you want me “Moscone-ing” your book club choices???

    1. Yes ma’am I am! I would be honored for you to “Moscone” anything you want. Congrats on the Smiley visit – very cool. I’m super jealous, and am currently googling the 13 yr old Japanese kid’s number.

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