- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Second Edition edition (January 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307739589
- ISBN-13: 978-0307739582
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 351 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I hardly know what to say about this remarkable book. . . . It provides a way to understand the many kinds of sentience, human and animal, that adorn the earth." --Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
"There are innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book. . . . Displaying uncanny powers of observation . . . [Temple Grandin] charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A uniquely fascinating view not just of autism but of animal--and human--thinking and feeling, [providing] insights that can only be called wisdom." --Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand
"How does a true marvel let you know it has arrived?. . . . It's hard to imagine even an intellect as towering as Sacks's coming up wtih perceptions as rare and completely out of left field as Grandin herself does in this mind-blowing book." --Newsday
"Temple Grandin's window onto the subjective experience of autism is of value to all of us who hope to gain a deeper understanding of the human mind by exploring the ways in which it responds to the world's challenges." --The Washington Times
"Temple Grandin, the anthropologist from Mars, takes us on a journey through her inner life and, with exquisite scientific detail, offers us a near photograph of the workings of her visual mind." --John Ratey, coauthor of Driven to Distinction
"Temple Grandin's legacy is the invaluable gift of compassion. This is a journey of courage, determination, and, above all, worth. Society is the better for Temple Grandin having left her mark on it." --Alex Pacheco, President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"Thinking in Pictures is a beautiful book. . . . Grandin has created a beautifully odd and fascinating picture of her life and mind, and her abiding love of animals." --Elle
"A tireless researcher with a bionic memory and a superb education, no one can write wtih Temple's authority because nobody knows as much as she does! This is an outstanding book that every parent and professional in the field of special needs will want to read, and the general reader will acquire a new appreciation of autism, its liabilities, and its formidable assets." --Annabel Stehli, author of The Sound of a Miracle
"Even Sacks's fine writing about autism does not really compare to writing from within autism, because autism is a disorder of interiority. . . . Grandin has replaced the teleology of autobiography with something much closer to her heart: a diagram, in this case a diagram of her own mind." --Voice Literary Supplement
About the Author
Temple Grandin has a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States, and many in other countries. She is currently an associate professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and a frequent lecturer at autism meetings throughout the country. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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For the second half I had to continually keep reminding myself that she is talking about her life and her own interests. She devotes two entire chapters to animals, their thoughts and emotions and connecting with them, and while it was very interesting, I obviously do not have the passion for that particular topic that she does. Some of those chapters I felt like I had to plod through a bit.
Overall I got out of this book what I thought I would—a better understanding of differences in thought pattern. I’m glad I read it.
Who better than Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD who happens to be Autistic, to give insight into the world from the perspective of one who had Autism? Dr. Grandin is an amazing person who has shown what one can achieve if one does not accept "you can't" for an answer, no matter your circumstances.
She and her mother have inspired me to fight for my son, even when "experts" say he has reached his peak or he will never be able to do something. I have learned that sometimes "no" is not the answer. If I had accepted that my son would never do certain things, he wouldn't be speaking now. Most grateful for this and all of Dr. Grandin's books.
I "get" animals and frankly relate to many of them faster and more easily than to other humans. That my dog was my best friend was more of an understatement than I'd even conceived until she died, such had been our bond and ability to communicate. Meanwhile, I still struggle to interact with other people, to understand boundaries and the elaborate customs and assumptions taken for granted by neurotypical individuals.
I'd been waffling over whether I should pursue therapy and an Asperger diagnosis, whether it was accurate or I was being a hypochondriac, until I read THIS book. I have no doubt anymore. I know now that I am not a failed intellectual, merely an obstinate genius unwilling to conform. That's what people told me all my life and although it didn't feel accurate, I internalized the derision. I know, now, that I'm not as screwed up as I thought. And with the research I have continued, I can now see how various traits considered components on the autism scale run in my family, sometimes residing only a couple or few in an individual, sometimes so many of these traits that the person is socially incapacitated. I feel I'm on the road to liberation. Would that I were not in my forties, already, when discovering these things. I highly recommend this book to anybody that knows someone that appears to be socially inept or seems to fail to live up to their intellectual potential, and especially to anybody that feels they are that person.