Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

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Three Rivers Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.” —from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs

Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It's a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.
  

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Review: Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

User Review  - Ashle Oaks - Goodreads

I don't like the stereotypes in the forward and the later chapters about how all people with Aspergers or autism don't show or feel as much emotion as everyone else. I also don't like the way his son ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kim Dawson - Goodreads

This is one of the best books I have read about Aspergers/high functioning autism becuase it is authored by an individual with Asperger's syndrome who grew up during a time when the diagnosis wasn't ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
2
1
17
A Permanent Playmate
19
Empathy
29
The Nightmare Years 5 I
51
Assembly Required
59
The Dogs Begin to Fear Me 6
69
Collecting the Trash
95
Being Young Executives
195
Becoming Normal
207
Get a Bear Cub
219
A Diagnosis at Forty
233
Montagoonians
243
Married Life
252
My Life as a Train
264
73
273

The Flaming Washtub
101
28
124
A Visit from Management
181
Logic vs Small Talk
189
Postscript to the Paperback Edition
283
Acknowledgments
289
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

JOHN ELDER ROBISON is the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different and Raising Cubby. He lectures widely on autism and neurological differences, and is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. John also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC and the National Institutes of Health. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his family, animals, and machines.

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