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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's Paperback – September 9, 2008
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Although this memoir deals with some dark topics—including Asperger's syndrome, family alcoholism and mental illness—debut author Robison maintains a keen humor and sense of dramatic irony throughout. The gravelly voiced Robison proves to be a capable storyteller, whether describing the pranks he used to play on his much younger brother (Augusten Burroughs, who reads his foreword) or the relief of finally being diagnosed with Asperger's in middle age after a lifetime of social isolation and relatively odd behaviors. Robison is a vocal and emphatic advocate for Asperger's, which he insists is not a disease but a different—and sometimes better—neurology. Asperger's gave Robison a single-minded ability to focus on his love of electronics, giving him a place in the world as the wizard behind Kiss's smoking and flaming guitars or, later in life, a gift for diagnosing and fixing high-end imported cars. This memoir is highly entertaining and the abridgment is smoothly edited.
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Wanted to add to my last review. This last year my grandson has really excelled in another area -- baseball. He was selected for a USA team to go to Costa Rica and play. Did very well. Still problems with social skills but he is accepted by others because of the qualities in his math and memory work. Now, sports has made him a star with almost a 600 batting average. Home run king. I wonder if his ability to concentrate helps him to play baseball and hit the pitched balls. At age five we say his problems but now at 14 we are seeing his abilities stand out. Bill Gates had Aspergers.
This book will make you feel a lot of things and it's extremely well written. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves non-fiction or anyone who is interested by the subject.
All of my professional career was challenging and self-satisfying. However I always felt a bit guilty by not living up to my full potential as defined by my parents and mentors of my childhood and adolescence. John Elder Robison led me to realize that I was not alone -- just probably a "victim" of Asberger's syndrome.
This book is not about how to diagnose or treat Asperger’s Syndrome. It is a memoir where the author, John Robison suffers from this High Functioning Autism.
The book is written in a very easy way and I enjoyed reading it. The author is a child of parents where mother has mental illness and father is alcoholic. It is divided into many different stories and it gives you an understanding about the people who suffer from this syndrome.
The author has to struggle in some areas and some things are easy for him to achieve. You feel captivated into the stories from the first chapter. It is a great help to parents who have a child with Asperger’s syndrome as it shows the sense of humor in such people. I received this book free to give my honest review.