Ethnography

Ethnography:
    Lives in Health

AUTISM & LEARNING DISABILITIES

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Born on a blue day : inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant : a memoir /Daniel Tammet

616.85882 TAMMET 2007

A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today--guided by its owner. Daniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn new languages from scratch, in a week. He has savant syndrome, a rare condition that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers. But in one crucial way Daniel is not at all like the Rain Man: he is virtually unique among autistic people in that he is capable of living an independent life. He is even able to explain what is happening inside his head. Starting from early childhood, when he was incapable of making friends and prone to tantrums, to young adulthood, when he learned how to control himself and to live independently, fell in love, experienced a religious conversion to Christianity, and most recently, emerged as a celebrity.

Thinking in pictures : and other reports from my life with autism / Temple Grandin

616.8982 GRANDIN 1996

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one-third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism—because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. 

DEAF EXPERIENCE

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DEPRESSION, ANXIETY & OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDERS

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EATING DISORDERS

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Stick figure : a diary of my former self / Lori Gottlieb

616.8526 GOTTLIE 2001

For a girl growing up in Beverly Hills in 1978, the motto "You can never be too rich or too thin" is writ large. Precocious Lori learns her lessons well, so when she's told that "real women don't eat dessert" and "no one could ever like a girl who has thunder thighs," she decides to become a paragon of dieting. Soon Lori has become the "stick figure" she's longed to resemble. But then what? Stick Figure takes the reader on a gripping journey, as Lori struggles to reclaim both her body and her spirit.

EPIDEMICS

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ILLNESS

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A heartbreaking work of staggering genius / Dave Eggers

BIOG EGGERS

A memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together. 

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

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Stalking Irish madness : searching for the roots of my family's schizophrenia / Patrick Austin Tracy

616.898292 TRACEY 2008

The author looks at his family's battle with the scourge of schizophrenia, tracing the origins of the disease through earlier generations of his family against the backdrop of Irish history to reveal Ireland's long link to mental illness. / Patrick Austin Tracy

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

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