Across Two Novembers:
A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile (2017)
I just finished David Faucheux's Across Two Novembers. I enjoyed its quirkiness as it wound through a variety of topics, not least the intersection between blindness, chronic illness, food, and the Louisiana zeitgeist. I also enjoyed the editor's notes.
—Peter Altschul, author of Breaking Barriers: Working and Loving While Blind and Breaking It Down and Connecting the Dots: Creating Common Ground Where Contention Rules
Across Two Novembers struck me as the most genuine depiction of life from the blind side that I have read.
—Part of the review written by Deborah Kendrick, a well–known freelance writer, columnist, and advocate for blind people, that appeared on AccessWorld, part of the American Foundation for the Blind
From the very beginning of Faucheux's book, with its touching dedication to the author's guide dog, Nader, who once "helped chase away some of life's aloneness," to the very end of this one–year journal, readers will find their emotions stretched and eyes opened to what life is like for a person without sight. Superbly written, Faucheux's account details the daily ups and downs he faces as a blind man with honesty, insight—and oftentimes, a delightful dose of humor.
His many book reviews included in the book are full of brightly written and insightful comments. The quotes he sprinkles throughout his journal are stellar, including this one from Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, by Dan Millman: "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Thank you, David Faucheux, for your spirit and tenacity, your lovely writing, and this inspiring journal.