This book cover image released by Kingswell shows "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism," by Ron Suskind. Suskind shows how his autistic son’s obsession with Disney cartoons changed their lives, allowing the boy to unlock his emotions and communicate by comparing the real world to characters and scenes from classic Disney movies like “Peter Pan” and “The Little Mermaid.” (AP Photo/Kingswell)
Readings: Amy Chua and Ron Suskind
Tiger mother Amy Chua and Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind are living proof that writers and books can still rile us up in an age when low culture is damn-near the only culture. Chua made waves last year with an autobiography titled "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" that detailed her stern--some would say dictator-like--parenting methods. Chua's claim that her children were deprived of television, video games, and boyfriends, and berated if they brought home anything short of straight-A report cards, earned her the wrath of pop-psychologists and over-nurturing helicopter parents. Suskind, meanwhile, is making waves this month with the release of a lengthy tome titled "Confidence Men" that details the economic cluelessness of the Obama administration. Allegations of fiscal flip-floppery and West Wing sexism have been met with hems and haws from the left, and weak attempts at character assassination from the White House's current occupants. In neither case is the avalanche of hate mail necessarily a bad thing. Public scorn is the new black. Chua reads Sept. 24 at the National Book Festival on the National Mall (http://www.loc.gov/bookfest); Suskind reads Sept. 24 at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Phone: 202-364-1919. Web: Politics-prose.com.