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Archive for June 23rd, 2007

Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder

Posted by nliakos on June 23, 2007

by Rondalyn Varney Whitney (Perigee)

This book served as my introduction into the world of NLD. I found it enlightening and enormously helpful. Whitney writes with candor about her own son Zachary, and as an occupational therapist she writes with special expertise about the sensory integration dysfunction characteristic of people with NLD. She gives excellent advice concerning home and school environments. After borrowing the book from my local library, I decided I had to have it on my own shelf and have ordered it from Mapleleaf Center.

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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

Posted by nliakos on June 23, 2007

by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon 2007)

I’ve read all the books in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.   I love the characters: Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni (even his wife calls addresses him thus!), Phuti Radiphuti, the two hapless apprentices and Mr. Polopetsi…  The stories are gentle and rambling, but there is always a solution to the problems at the end–or somewhere in the middle.  I love the way Smith romanticizes Botswana while still not shying away from the problems there and everywhere: AIDS, spousal abuse and betrayal, adoption, depression,….  What I particularly enjoy is listening to Lisette Lecat narrate the books in her inimitable way, speaking slowly as if there were all the time in the world, speaking the various accents (Boer, Setswana,…) in a way I could never imagine in my head were I just looking at the words.

I haven’t listened to The Good Husband of Zebra Drive yet–just read it, but I did enjoy it.  It focuses more on Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni than do the other books, in the sense that the reader sees much of the story from his point of view.   Readers know Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni as a quiet, gentle man who behaves with utmost integrity and kindness–one who may be easy to take advantage of.  He is a gifted mechanic, but not as clever as his detective wife.  In this novel, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni decides to try a little detective work on his own.  He is not successful in one way, but in another, he does manage to solve a problem.  Along the way, he discovers just how much he loves Mma Ramotswe.

Another thread in the novel is that of Mma Makutsi, now engaged to Phuti Radiphuti of the Double Comfort Furniture Store.  Mma Makutsi begins to resent Mma Ramotswe and decides to quit her job as Assistant Detective…. but everything works out in the end, of course!

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