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

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Crown/Archetype, Sep 25, 2007 - Psychology - 320 pages


“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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The author says he's spent his 50 years trying to act and sound more like typical people. He's done such a good job that I didn't get as much insight into Asperger's as I'd hoped. It's still an interesting read, though. Read full review

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Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger's by John Elder Robison 2007 Crown 4.1 / 5 When John Elder was growing up there was no diagnosis for Asperger's. He spent his life labelled a social deviant ... Read full review


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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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