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Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey into the Lost History of Autism Paperback – March 24, 2005
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About the Author
Paul Collins is the author of Sixpence House and Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn't Change the World. He edits the Collins Library for McSweeney's Books and lives in Portland with his wife and son.
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I wasn't sure about this book when I bought it. I have read many books on ASD, some have too much scientific data for me to actually get into the spirit of the message. This is not one of those books! It is extremely user friendly and does not contain so much information in such a short format that you can't relate.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is dealing with ASD, interested in the study of ASD, or is looking for answers. A fantastic read! Thank you Mr. Collins!
So many books about autism focus on "fixing" what's wrong with the autist. On page 225 of the paperback version of "Not Even Wrong", Paul writes, "Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg in a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you are destroying the peg." I couldn't agree more. As the mother of an 11 year old autistic boy, I love who he is.
Paul Collins weaves his experiences with his son and his findings from his research trips into a beautiful, informative memoir with an extensive resource section in the back.
Purchase two copies of this book. You'll want one to pass along and one to keep.
I am a 30-year-old mom with Asperger Syndrome, my 11-year-old daughter has Autism. As such, I have sought books to keep on hand to give to friends who may be interested in reading about autism. I wish I could afford a whole shelf full of this one!
Paul Collins writing is insightful and deep and it flows well - leading from one chapter into the next, it's a difficult book to put down. This book talks about the author's expolration of the history of autism, and individuals who have lived or are living their own unique lives. At the same time as he's following these leads to find out more about his autism, his own son is diagnosed. It's a beautiful story because of the twists and turns, and because of the lives of people it illuminates so graciously.
I was given an assignment in my graduate Humanities class to recommend one chapter of a book for the whole class to read. I knew immediately it would be this book, but had to think about which chapter. After much deliberation (there are many beautifully written stories that flow together in this volume), I selected Chapter 16. The passage where he sits on the steps of a church to cry after meeting the man with the painted lightbulbs illustrates how this book speaks on what it means to be human, it isn't just a book on autism.
Always eloquent, never condescending - if this is the first book you read on autism you'll start with a deeper understanding. Don't bother reading books that bog you down with those who "suffer from autism" - this book, instead, is about human beings.
This is a lovely, easy read for anyone curious about autism or just looking for a good read.
Collins does a spectacular job sharing memoir with known history, diving into tales from the world and mixing it with tales from his personal world. The first few chapters are dedicated to his pursuit of Peter the Wild Boy and an existing desire to write a biography on the mysterious boy who was ‘rescued’ by King George. (Reference to the boy made in Notes and Queries, of course.) Collins later discovers his son is autistic.
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Such a great book for anyone wanting to read about a child's autism diagnosis through the eyes of a father.Published 2 months ago by Allison J Jones
Excellent background on the history of autism and how society has shaped this condition's definition and degree of acceptance over the years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca Short
Having an autistic daughter, I selected this read because I was hoping to get some insights into how this family dealt with and or interacted with their autistic child. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Craig M.
Colliins' descriptions as a parent of a child with autism, combined with the interesting history of the condition, blend for fascinating read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Watson
A thorough and thought provoking work that enlightens and deepens the perspective on autism. Deeply touching without superficial emotionalism.Published 14 months ago by minnamoe
I have learned a great deal about autism in this beautifully told account of Morgan, three years . Author Paul Collins, and father of Morgan leads us through some history,... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Bonnie Samuel
As a mother of a son with Aspergers, I enjoyed this book immensely. It weaves history of our understanding and knowledge of these special humans with the compassionate, powerful,... Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Ann M. Lokey
This book was recommended to me by the Chair of the Psychology Department at the university I attend. I am both a psychology major and a mother of an autistic son. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Carol A. Maderer