Life in the Fast Brain: Keeping Up with Gifted Minds by Karen Isaacson, relates the many humorous incidents that happen to the Isaacson family with their five gifted children. Although Isaacson does not homeschool her family, her stories touch home with parents of gifted children, regardless of school-type.
The overriding theme of the book is to "hang on for the ride." Gifted children are wired differently, so their thought processes often lead to surprising places. (For excellent information on giftedness, go to the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, GHF.)
Isaacson puts her family's crazy antics and touching moments to good use in this book. Filled with anecdotes and personal thoughts, Life in the Fast Brain will bring levity and self-recognition to many parents who look at their children (and possibly themselves) and think, "Is anyone else even remotely like us?" Based on Isaacson's accounts, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"
Life in the Fast Brain does not offer any groundbreaking insights or new information to the gifted world. In fact, many of the stories do not seem solely limited to the gifted realm. Yet, perhaps that is one of the strengths of the book; that while some parts many seem unreal to most families, other parts are universal.
Plenty of books discuss identifying giftedness, coping with the emotional needs of gifted individuals, and educating this small group, but few simply celebrate the joyous trials and tribulations of living with people whose minds run at top speed all the time. Life in the Fast Brain offers a welcome laugh into the sometimes crazy world that is "gifted."
Life in the Fast Brain: Keeping Up with Gifted Minds
Author: Karen L. J. Isaacson
Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
ISBN 13: 978-0-910707-82-4
ISBN 10: 0-910707-82-0
Suggested Price: $16.95
Article by Sarah J. Wilson