Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

Email Mary K.

A Mother's Unconditional Love Print Email

Jacket cover of

When Kristine Barnett's son was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism.  Doctors quickly informed her of the lifelong limitations he would face because of his condition.  In The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius, Barnett explains how she focused not on the disability, but on what her son could do, encouraging his interest in math and science.  By age 13, he was attending college and astounding scholars with his advanced knowledge of astronomy and mathematical calculations.  Barnett's uplifting narrative captures her efforts to nurture an extraordinary boy whose talents might have been lost in a world where strict borders define what is considered "abnormal."  Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!