Local authors write about genius, perception and jobs
New in Northwest books: a sudden savant, a critical look at theories of perception, and an examination of the relationships between work, unemployment and crime.
“Struck By Genius” by Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg (HMH, $19.45). Padgett, who works in Tacoma, tells the story of how a traumatic brain injury led him to suddenly become a mathematical savant with synesthesia. He writes, “The mysteries of the universe were beckoning a man who never knew to look for them before.”
“Coming to Our Senses” by Viki McCabe (Oxford, $29.95). Cognitive scientist McCabe challenges prevailing theories of perception, cognition and information, and how they illuminate — or obscure — our ability to acquire knowledge of the world. She lives on Bainbridge Island.
“Get a Job” by Robert D. Crutchfield (New York University Press, $27). Crutchfield, a UW professor of sociology, writes about the links between work, unemployment and crime. The author draws on his life experience growing up in a poor Pittsburgh neighborhood and later working as a parole officer.
“Abuelo” by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Raúl Colón (Harper, $17.99). For ages 4-8: A boy and his grandfather ride horses through the open country of what looks like Argentina, with Abuelo imparting wisdom as they go. When the boy and his parents move to the city, the youngster remembers what his grandpa taught him as he stands up “fuerte, like a mount tree” to a bully and sees “city stars” in the buildings’ lights. Dorros lives in Seattle.