Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's Paperback – Sep 9 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Robison's thoughtful and thoroughly memorable account of living with Asperger's syndrome is assured of media attention (and sales) due in part to his brother Augusten Burroughs's brief but fascinating description of Robison in Running with Scissors. But Robison's story is much more fully detailed in this moving memoir, beginning with his painful childhood, his abusive alcoholic father and his mentally disturbed mother. Robison describes how from nursery school on he could not communicate effectively with others, something his brain is not wired to do, since kids with Asperger's don't recognize common social cues and body language or facial expressions. Failing in junior high, Robison was encouraged by some audiovisual teachers to fix their broken equipment, and he discovered a more comfortable world of machines and circuits, of muted colors, soft light, and mechanical perfection. This led to jobs (and many hilarious events) in worlds where strange behavior is seen as normal: developing intricate rocket-shooting guitars for the rock band Kiss and computerized toys for the Milton Bradley company. Finally, at age 40, while Robison was running a successful business repairing high-end cars, a therapist correctly diagnosed him as having Asperger's. In the end, Robison succeeds in his goal of helping those who are struggling to grow up or live with Asperger's to see how it is not a disease but a way of being that needs no cure except understanding and encouragement from others. (Sept.)
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*Starred Review* If one looked at only Robison's impish sense of humor (he once ordered a blow-up sex doll to be delivered to his junior-high-school teacherat school), or his success as a classic-car restorer, it might be impossible to believe he has the high-functioning form of autism spectrum disorder called Asperger's syndrome. Clues abound, however, in his account of a youth encompassing serious inability to make and keep friends; early genius at pyrotechnics, electronics, and math; and pet names such as Poodle for his dog and Snort and Varmint for his baby brother. Much later, he calls his wife Unit Two. It is easy to recognize these telltale traits today, but Robison went undiagnosed until he was 40. In the 1960s, he was variously labeled lazy, weird, and, worse, sociopathic. Consequently, his childhood memories too often read like a kid's worst nightmares. Not only did his parents fail to understand the root of his socialization problems but they were also virtually as dysfunctional as the pair Augusten Burroughs portrays in Running with Scissors (2002). 'Nough said? Not nearly. Robison's memoir is must reading for its unblinking (as only an Aspergian can) glimpse into the life of a person who had to wait decades for the medical community to catch up with him. Chavez, Donna --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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As a parent you hope that you can help shape your children to grow into successful (success measured by happiness) adults. This book has turned what was a dream into a realistic goal of my son being able to function and connect to the society/community he chooses to participate in when he reaches adulthood.
So many of the traits owned by him are owned by my son. For this reason to have the thought processes he went through clearly articulated is of immeasureable assistance to a parent such as myself.
This book is not just for people affected by Asperger's. It is for
educators, therapists, medical doctors, etc. It is for any person
that felt left out, confused by social situations, or not picked for
the kickball team.
You will laugh, you may cry, you will be educated and you will
definitely be inspired. It is almost hard to believe that John is a
first time author, his writing is THAT GOOD.
Despite not being diagnosed well until adulthood, John Elder just
kept trudging along and was successful long before he wrote this
book. John brings home the message that anyone, anywhere,
can overcome any obstacle.
This book left me realizing that the world needs more people
like John Elder, additionally the world needed John Elder to
publish this book. For all those aspergians that may be in hiding,
it is safe for you to come out now.
I would highly recommend this book to all schools as a reference, and to anyone who wants to feel what an Aspergian feels. It was a terrific read, cover to cover!
Asperger's or not, this is a great story, a terrific read.
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Interesting to hear his thoughts as a child & how he adapted with to his condition. Opened my eyes to behaviours of some children I have had contact with. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary
Very honest, well written and very informative. An excellent bookPublished 2 months ago by Oscar Hollander
I found this book very interesting and I learned a lot of things about Asberger's. It did become a bit detailed about the mechanics of his work but overall it was an entertaining... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leigh
This gave me such good insight and clarified a lot of my own problemsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It really opened my eyes to hear the struggles people with Asperger's face. I enjoyed the book a lot and highly recommend it for anyone interested in this subject.Published 2 months ago by Bobcat
Another proof that an Asperger syndrome person has a great deal to offer the world. Thanks, John Elder, for having shared both your difficulties and successes with your readers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Madie Jo
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