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Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile Paperback – June 4, 2017
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Readers looking for a literate and friendly voice for a 'visit' now and again will be well-served by this book. The scope of subjects ranges well beyond considerations of 'sight-impairment' and limited mobility. The author is an avid fan of his local NPR station(s) and the breadth of his interests would qualify him as an interesting NPR correspondent. Trivia fans will appreciate his love affair with Jeopardy! If you love the culture of South Western Lousianna, the Layfayette area and its iconic foods are evoked. The author tells quite a bit about ingredients and flavors in his favorite dishes from this multi-cultural area (which, after the fall of Viet Nam, includes a good admixture of Asian influences) but the word 'recipes' is misused in reference to this work. Precise instructions must be found elsewhere.
In the end, this is a book for book lovers. Many books are 'called out' from the author's reviews for a major bibliographic list. Many book lovers will recognize our own quirks or quirks akin to our own, in this celebration of intellectual diversity. I also found it to be as important for people with disabilities as the Civil Rights Classic, Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN proved to be for African American males and writers.
I'm particularly interested in this book because like me and my husband, the author is blind. He brings our world to the lives of sighted people and introduces them to things we take for granted but rarely speak about to sighted friends. His descriptions of food are certainly worth the read. I would love to go to the restaurants he talks about. Thanks David for allowing a five star rating.
Across Two Novembers runs from late 2013 to late 2014. Faucheux writes about his daily life, a busy mix of cooking and other hobbies, visiting friends and relatives, communicating with a wide range of acquaintances through his computer, and above all, reading. Faucheux enjoys a wide range of reading ( using both braille and recorded books) and discusses them in an informal, conversational style which is very appealing. I've already read many of the books he mentions, and have made notes of a number of others that I intend to seek out now that he's told me about them.
Those who read Across Two Novembers may pick it up out of curiosity sparked by its subtitle: A Year In The Life Of A Blind Bibliophile. As they read they'll find their curiosity will give way to liking and respect for a man who contributes much to our world.
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