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Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters Paperback – April 6, 2010
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"Brilliant, creative writing. His next book should be a novel."
-Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures
"With a voice as keen and honest as any I've ever had the pleasure of reading, Jesse Saperstein cracks open the underbelly of life with Asperger's, mesmerizing readers with a tale that is as fabulously incorrigible as it is strikingly compelling. Jesse Saperstein is the son I always wanted!"
-Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome
"This funny, poignant, and honest book provides further evidence that Asperger's Syndrome is no cookie-cutter diagnosis. Atypical also informs us that Jesse Saperstein is a wonderful addition to the world of Asperger literature."
-Michael John Carley, executive director of The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) and author of Asperger's From the Inside Out
"Honest, funny, bristling with ideas and intelligence, Jesse A. Saperstein's Atypical marks the debut of a bright young voice from the Asperger's community."
-Tim Page, author of Parallel Play and professor at the University of Southern California
"Amusing, surprising, and informative. Just when I thought I had learned all I can from personal accounts, I had the chance to read this one!"
-Jerry Newport, author of Mozart and the Whale, with Mary Newport and Johnny Dodd
"Jesse Saperstein's wise and compelling memoir lets us know how frustrating and strange life can be for a bright, resourceful young man with Asperger's navigating the typical world. Funny, irreverent, and ultimately forgiving of all the damage we 'well-adjusted' typicals wreak on those who are a little different from us."
-Sigourney Weaver, actress
"By describing his experience with honesty, passion and deep clarity, Saperstein allows a so-called 'neurotypical' like myself to completely identify with his atypicality. A very powerful read."
-Bruce Altman, actor
"Jesse Saperstein is witty, insightful, and smart. He is also caring, social, emotional, empathetic, and able to learn from his mistakes and other people's rudeness-all traits we are often told that people with Asperger's don't have. I highly recommend this book to parents, educators, community members-frankly, to everyone. Jesse, I want to know what happens next; I hope you are working on a sequel!"
-Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Life Skills
About the Author
An autism advocate and popular motivational speaker, Jesse A. Saperstein is considered one of the most respected leaders in the anti-bullying movement of his generation.
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JS this is a plea, please write more! I'd love to hear more in depth of your experience on the Appalachian Trail. JS describes finding acceptance with social outcasts in the wilderness, acceptance from people he'd never expect it from in a place he'd never expect it. I'd also like to hear more of the dark side of asperger's.
This book isn't only about hardship, it is also a look at the Strengths of Asperger's and the reader is taken to heights of joy as Jesse describes his personal victories, which aren't so personal considering one of his accomplishments is raising thousands for a pediatric HIV/AIDS summer camp.
In this book we get a peripheral view of the damage both physical and mental that a person with asperger's endures in life, as well as the ecstasy. What's amazing about this book is the pain and joy is so human and so humanely portrayed that it will be identifiable for any reader willing to "give it a chance".
Jesse's story is honest, sometimes brutally (how refreshing!) and his talent as a writer shines through. I didn't want this book to end and am now following his blog - which is equally as funny and great.
This is not a "typical" self-help book for parents with kids on the spectrum (per se anyway), so don't expect to read a "how to cope" book by an "expert". It's more of an honest disclosure of what it's really like to live in a world that's not designed for people who are different. It's told by a most interesting and inspirational guy who happens to be "Atypical" in the best possible way.
I won't tell you what my favorite parts are because that would spoil a few surprises, let's just say I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it and am waiting anxiously for his next book!
Jesse's writing is laugh-out-loud funny (I had to keep biting the pillow, I was reading in bed with hubby asleep next to me). It also can bring a tear. It's painfully honest, poignant and moving. I recommend this book to anyone, whether they have a loved one on the spectrum or not. It will help open your eyes to AS and what it means to live with it. Five stars, Jesse, and I can't wait for your next book!
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