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Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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In his memoir Look Me in the Eye (2007), Robison wrote about his own Asperger’s syndrome—he was diagnosed with the form of autism when he was 40 years old. Here he asks the question: How does a man who lacks a sense of empathy and an ability to read nonverbal cues learn to be a father? And how does a man with Asperger’s learn to recognize the same symptoms in his own child? (A key element in the book is Robison’s son’s own diagnosis, and Robison’s reaction to his having missed seeing the signs for as long as he had.) In many ways, this is a traditional father-and-son memoir, but the added element of Asperger’s gives the story a stronger emotional core: when Robison and his wife separated, for example, he realized he had been misreading a lot of what had been going on between them. It’s a story of a man learning to be a parent, yes, but it’s also—and perhaps more importantly—the story of a man discovering, as an adult, who he really is. --David Pitt
“Charming and wise…Part parenting guide, part courtroom drama, part catalog of the travails and surprising joys of life with the high-functioning form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome, this memoir will offer all parents — but particularly fathers — a lot to think about. That its author was almost 40 when he learned he had Asperger’s…and that he eventually learned his son had the condition as well, make their story more remarkable, but do nothing to diminish its relevance even for readers with no personal experience of autism...[Robison’s] deadpan humor [is] in evidence throughout… Touching, sympathetic, and often insightful.”
--New York Times
"Robison ... sheds some light on how having Asperger’s helped him cultivate an outlaw style of parenting...by turns hilarious, poignant, weird, shocking, and inspiring…This book will make you laugh, and make you think about how to parent a child who doesn’t fit into the neat categories we expect our children to occupy."
“How does a man who lacks a sense of empathy and an ability to read nonverbal cues learn to be a father? And how does a man with Asperger’s learn to recognize the same symptoms in his own child? (A key element in the book is Robison’s son’s own diagnosis, and Robison’s reaction to his having missed seeing the signs for as long as he had.) In many ways, this is a traditional father-and-son memoir, but the added element of Asperger’s gives the story a stronger emotional core: when Robison and his wife separated, for example, he realized he had been misreading a lot of what had been going on between them. It’s a story of a man learning to be a parent, yes, but it’s also—and perhaps more importantly—the story of a man discovering, as an adult, who he really is.”
"John Elder Robison is one of my autism super heroes because he bravely brings humor and humility to the heart and soul of the taboo and unexpected corners of life lived with autism. His new book, Raising Cubby, is more than a memoir about a father and son bound by their Asperger syndrome. It’s a story that reminds us how precious and precarious the parent child relationship is and how beautiful our lives can be when we are share that ride together. Raising Cubby is Robison’s best work yet.”
—Liane Holliday-Willey, coauthor of Pretending To Be Normal: Living with Asperger Syndrome
"Funny and moving...A warmhearted, appealing account by a masterful storyteller."
"Robison's third book starts with a bang--his description of the 'malicious explosion' created by his teenage Cubby that has the boy, who has Asperger's syndrome, looking at 60 years in prison, is as disconcerting as it is captivating....With the ensuing investigation and trial, Cubby and the author are drawn into a crazy world that threatens to tear apart their already delicate lives."
“John Elder Robison has written two books on his experience with Asperger's syndrome: Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. In Raising Cubby, he brings his warmth, intelligence and humor to an equally personal subject: his own son.”
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I love the way he tells his stories and I liked how he shared the bedtime stories he told his son cubby.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the parents perspective of raising a child with aspergers or anyone who wants to relate to the aspie experiences (I found a few things that I can relate to myself).
I hope this book is a great success and the Robison family continues on their journey to happiness and success.
I'd like to end with a huge thank you to John Elder Robison, thank you so much for sharing your experiences as a father.
After reading this book my 24 year old daughter came to me and said "Mum. if he can do it then so can I!" She could relate to the challenges that John and Cubby faced (although she assures me that she is not interested in blowing stuff up) and enjoyed the humorous way that the story is presented. She now feels that she is not the only "weird one" in this world and that people with Asperger are people too.
Thank you John for sharing your story. You have given one young woman the courage to finally be her amazing self. She now feels that Asperger is not what she is, but a part of who she is.
I should note that I didn't realize that John's bother wrote Running with Scissors, which I had read and found it a fun read.
Whether you have Asperger's, a child with Asperger's, have children, or no children, I highly recommend this book. It's an adventure. It's a sparkling clean window into the mind of a man who so desperately wants to do his best (who can't relate?). It's a roller coaster of loops, turns, tears, and laughter.