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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User Review  - Esty - Goodreads

You can read the full review on my blog. (: I picked this up because I'm writing a research paper for English class on Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and I decided to break the mold of 21st century high ... Read full review

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User Review  - Olivia - Goodreads

3.5/5 stars. I found this book by chance while I was busy shelving books in the non-fiction section of my school's library and committed to reading it after seeing the word 'asperger's.' Someone I ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
2
A Permanent Playmate
19
Empathy
29
The Nightmare Years
51
Assembly Required
59
The Dogs Begin to Fear Me
69
Hi Collecting the Trash
95
The Flaming Washtub
101
Logic vs SmallTalk
189
Being Young Executives
195
Becoming Normal
207
Get a Bear Cub
219
A Diagnosis at Forty
233
Montagoonians
241
Units One Through Three
247
Married Life 253
252

The Big Time 125
124
The First Smoking Guitar
133
The Ferry to Detroit 143
142
One with the Machine
151
Rock ami Roll All Night
155
A Real Job
171
A Visit from Management
181
Winning at Basketball
259
2 My Life as a Train 265
264
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273
Postscript to the Paperback Edition
283
Admowkdgmaus
289
Rending andResources
291
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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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