Reading Lists: Adults

Do you think you know what makes villains tick? Do they do evil just because they're bad? These books take a look inside bad guys, real and fictional, and will make you rethink those stories you thought you knew.

In The Reason I Jump, a remarkable thirteen-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world. Here are some other memoirs and novels written from the point of view of children with disabilities, the adults they become, and the families who love them.

While it may be true that sous chefs lurk around Portland backyards harvesting weeds and other unlikely foodstuffs, who can blame them? We're surrounded by things that just, like, grow from the ground, but look good on a plate at an elegant dinner.