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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (Sept. 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307395987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307395986
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By edrm on Sept. 25 2009
Format: Paperback
I have dealt with a whole bunch of books written by people with autism/Asperger's (a/AS), and this book is the most tremendous book I've ever read. John Robinson has his own in interests such as dealing with automobiles, which motivated him to run his automobile company. Since I suspect many people with a/AS have been chronically unemployed or underachieved at work, I wish I could do what I was really interested in like him. Even today, I have a lot of job changes, which frequently causes embarrassment at a whole bunch of job interviews. John E. Robinson seems to have more reliable friends than I do. I guess he wasn't as unhappy as me even before he was diagnosed. TR, one of his friends gave John Dr. Tony Attwood's book, Asperger's Syndrome. In this respect, this book wouldn't exist without TR's help, because TR could see through John's AS traits and took it as John's characteristics instead of mentally retarded or socially disabled. The author likes to deal with automobiles and so do I. Unfortunately, I still have no idea what kind of jobs interest me, while he seems to make the best use of his interests at work. So the author must have overcome his social misfits when he became a grown-up.

I'm not getting young and I may not be offered as many jobs as younger people. At least, however, I want to avoid torturing myself at work by experiencing social misfits such as reluctance to do what doesn't suit me! Otherwise, I eventually may have to be stressed-out and quit or get fired like I used to. That is a vicious circle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMW 0907 on Nov. 22 2013
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Have been a fan of Burroughs for years so thought I would read about his brother. So glad I did! Robison's honesty and revelations of life with Asperger's was such good reading I couldn't put it down till I finished. I immediately bought his book on Cubby to continue the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fiscar on Oct. 5 2013
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With Aspergers in my family, John Elder's biography has helped me to better understand our lives together and apart. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By manny on Sept. 14 2013
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I get sad to think kids were raised that way, but, I do love the ending and how this individual made something of himself. it was a very heart felt book and I enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on July 10 2013
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Excellent resource book for any fellow Aspy's out there or for anyone with one in their life. An excellent look into the world if someone with this exceptionality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catterwally on April 28 2013
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I loved this book. I had been trying to read as much as I could lately on this particular subject and came across this book by accident. I am so glad that I did. The book was insightful and very real. The author didn't gloss over any parts, and was written very matter of fact. He is a brilliant and creative man, and also a great author. I read the other book he suggested in his book as well but must say, enjoyed his much more. A very honest, wacky, real and amazing story about asperger's and his life. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 19 2013
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Parts of John Elder Robison's life were hard and are hard to read about. But like the main character in Shawshank Redemption, he climbs out of his particular hell and gets his life figured out. This book is informative about the author's struggle with the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome, inspiring as it traces his life's journey of coping and discovery, and entertaining for its pranks, anecdotes, and insider revelations about the music and electronic gaming industries.

The older brother of Running with Scissors author Augusten Burroughs, John Elder describes his life in that extremely troubled family. His mother's mental illness, his father's alcoholism, and his own difficulties in relating to other children isolated John Elder and created a deep sense of loneliness that did not diminish until adulthood. Escaping by dropping out of high school, John Elder leaves town for a consuming job repairing musical equipment for a high-profile rock group. He describes his gradually successful efforts to reach out of his very private world and connect with friends, his first wife, his son, and then his second wife. Readers feel his sense of closure later in the book as he eventually returns to his home town and rebuilds relationships with his parents and childhood schoolmates. He goes home again, and makes it work out.

John Elder did not learn about Asberger's Syndrome until he was 40 years old, and had already worked out how to approach life with his own personal palette of strengths and weaknesses.
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I saw this book at Chapter's and instantly reached for it just because of the front cover photo, my son makes that face all the time and it wasn't until I read the next line, "My life with Asperger's" that it all made sense. My 3 year had just been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and I have to say John Robison's book was the best read I've had in ages. It is a beautifully told story with some dark moments that add to the rawness and pranks I found myself laughing out loud like the Halloween candy and exploding holes. But the best part was the incredible insight John's writing gave me into how my son's mind works and how he does and will see things. A great read, even if you aren't lucky enough to know an Aspergian ;-) Thank you to John Elder for this incredible book.

Katie
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