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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's Paperback – September 9, 2008
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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 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.
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.
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