Wednesday, November 10, 2010
No complaints here! I liked the writing and found her descriptive writing to be especially touching in several passages. It's one of the few ARCs I've received that I would have no problem reading as a finished copy. Of course as an ARC there were a few formatting errors, but there was no sign of a lot of the writing issues that some ARCs contain - this one had no inconsistencies or grammatical errors. I was impressed and would have no problems with it as a final copy. It's a memoir, and it's written like a memoir, so to me it's something of a genre piece - there isn't in-depth analysis or reporting as in other non-fiction, but I am happy with the quality of the writing.
Loved it! Prosopagnosia is actually something I studied in college and found fascinating. I've always been interested in psychology and actually majored in psychology for a while, although I ended up making it into a minor and going for English instead. So both aspects of the story (the mental illness of her parents and the prosopagnosia) were very interesting to me. If you aren't into memoirs, especially those of the screwed up family variety, this one probably isn't for you. I would say that the focus is more on the family than the prosopagnosia, although it is tied together well at the end. It's not heavy on scientific detail, which was somewhat of a drawback for me because I like to read the details. However, the author does include the names of many prominent researchers, so it is not difficult to find their research if you're looking for a technical description.
I recommend it for anyone who enjoys memoir as a genre or for those interested in mental illness or perception disabilities.
Posted by Julie G at 7:54 PM