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The Electricity of Every Living Thing
The Electricity of Every Living Thing: One Womans Walk with Aspergers | Katherine May
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In August 2015, Katherine May set out to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She wanted to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating, and why the world felt full of inundation and expectations she can't meet. Setting her feet down on the rugged and difficult path by the sea, the answer begins to unfold. It's a chance encounter with a voice on the radio that sparks a realisation that she has Asperger's Syndrome. The Electricity of Every Living Thing tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with her diagnosis. It leads to a re-evaluation of her life so far - a kinder one, which finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, she also finds the way to herself. This book is a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace within our own unquiet minds.
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monalyisha
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I chose this book because I loved May‘s “Wintering.” Come to find out, it‘s centered around her walk on the South West Coast Path; so, it‘s my second memoir located upon this ramble in as many months! I read this one just as slowly as I read the first (by Winn)…but I enjoyed it twice as much. Her writing style really sings for me, & her parallel narrative of exploring an autism diagnosis drew me in even deeper. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: I seem to have quite a few friends who are exploring similar diagnoses right now. And, while I don‘t think I fit the criteria, it *is* a spectrum. I completely understand the feeling of needing a larger field of personal space & of having one‘s energy depleted by crowds. There‘s a lot to identify with here, & a lot to inspire careful thinking, understanding, & compassion. (edited) 1mo
Tamra I will check it out! 1mo
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monalyisha
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This is why I live in The Ocean State, & why I seek out the quietest beaches possible. 🌊

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Suelizbeth
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This is a marvelous book about a woman‘s journey of discovery. She ultimately finds herself by walking the South West Coast Path (in England). A chance radio program leads her to think that she may be on the autism spectrum, particularly ASD. The first part of the book is hard to read, but she gains a growing understanding of how to cope better with the world and herself. It‘s a hopeful book with a hopeful ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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monalyisha
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“People carry electricity for me; they have a current that surges around my body until I‘m exhausted. It‘s hard to pinpoint what it is, exactly; something about their noise, their unruly movement, the unpredictable demands they make on me. It makes the air feel thick, like humanity has…not a scent, but a texture.”

Karisa I can relate to that especially working at a middleschool waiting for Spring Break. Such a great description! 2mo
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kathedron
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There are books that change how you see the world: every now and again there are books that change how you see yourself. I finished this weeks ago but haven't wanted to talk about it. It is GOOD but the thing is, almost everything she described (that led to her diagnosis of Asperger's) I recognised in myself. It was a shock to the system and I don't know what to think or how I feel about this.

LiteraryinLawrence It sounds like reading that book really made you see yourself in a new light. It makes sense that it would take a while to process that, I think. 💗 6mo
squirrelbrain It will take a while to process something like this Kate; hope you can take the time you need. I‘ve stacked the book as it sounds really good. @rockpools - did you have this on your list when you were looking for books about this subject? 6mo
kathedron @LiteraryinLawrence @squirrelbrain Thank you both for your kind words ❤️. I picked up the book because I enjoyed her other one (tagged) and because I didn't know anything about the experience of women on the spectrum... or so I thought! 6mo
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rockpools Hi Kate. That IS lots to process - hang in there and take it easy on yourself! xx 6mo
rockpools If you get the urge to read more, as @squirrelbrain mentioned (thanks Helen) I‘d asked a bit back for books about women our age with autism, as a friend is being steered towards diagnosis by mental health services. Obvs a totally different situation, but if you want to look back at the suggestions I was given at any point they‘re here (There are a lot - feel free to ignore!) https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2306343 6mo
kathedron @rockpools Plenty to be going on with there, then! 😄 Thanks, Rachel, that's really helpful. (I hope your friend is getting on ok.) 6mo
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Twocougs
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What a lovely memoir. So honest and brave. I feel like a better person for hearing her story and as I meet someone like Katherine, I understand better, can be kind and understanding.

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jenniferw88
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🎶 Maybe you think you're not right for me
That you'll be everything that I need
Well I'll tell you straight from my heart
You are, you are 🎶

Communication/commitment problems with autistic people was my inspiration here because of Anne 💖

All of these are 'to-get' - I think the tagged one is going to be similar to The Salt Path - she walks the same route.

#SeptemberSins #youare @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain I enjoyed Ginny Moon.... 3y
Cinfhen Your tagged book sounds really good!!! 3y
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peggyriley
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This is a glorious read - in conversation with the author this week in Whitstable.

peggyriley Hard to do that shiny cover justice... 4y
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