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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's


Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

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    Available in PDF Format | Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's.pdf | English
    John Elder Robison(Author)
From the time he was three or four years old, John Elder Robison realised that he was different from other people. He was unable to make eye contact or connect with other children, and by the time he was a teenager his odd habits - an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, obsessively dismantle radios or dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them) - had earned him the label 'social deviant'. It didn't help that his mother conversed with light fixtures and his father spent evenings pickling himself in sherry."Look Me in the Eye" is his story of growing up with Asperger's syndrome at a time when the diagnosis simply didn't exist. Along the way it also tells the story of two brothers born eight years apart yet devoted to each other: the author and his younger brother Chris - who would grow up to become bestselling author Augusten Burroughs. This book is a rare fusion of inspiration, dark comedy and insight into the workings of the human mind. For a someone who has struggled all his life to connect with other people, Robison proves to be an extraordinary storyteller.

"John has a life that is humanity's version of extreme sport. Even without the Asperger's he would have had an appalling childhood ... This is no misery memoir, however. He is a gifted storyteller with a deadpan sense of humour and the book is a rollicking read" (The Times)"Of course it's brilliant; my big brother wrote it. But even if it hadn't been created by my big, lumbering, swearing, unshaven "early man" sibling, this is a sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find, utterly unspoiled, uninfluenced, and original" (Augusten Burroughs)"John Robison's book is an immensely affecting account of a life lived according to his gifts rather than his limitations. His story provides ample evidence for my belief that individuals on the autistic spectrum are just as capable of rich and productive lives as anyone else" (Daniel Tammet, author of BORN ON A BLUE DAY)"Deeply felt and often darkly funny, Look Me in the Eye is a delight" (People magazine)"It's a fantastic life story (highlights include building guitars for KISS) told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality" (Entertainment News) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Book details

  • PDF | 304 pages
  • John Elder Robison(Author)
  • Ebury Press (7 Feb. 2008)
  • English
  • 2
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Rebecca on 9 June 2016

    I loved the way John Robison almost steps outside of himself to observe and explain his thought processes when having to communicate. True to form he is detailed and analytical in talking about how learned to communicate "properly". The book is equally rich in emotion and observation and his work as a musician and engineer is hard to stop reading about! A must read for anyone trying to understand what it's really like to have Aspergers.

  • By Dragon Mom on 17 August 2009

    This book is written from inside the skin of someone with a very different thought process from most people. It is heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny, sad and entertaining all at once. Further, it helped me understand my son with Aspergers better and to not overreact to his more unusual behavior. A good read, though the language is a bit rough and completely frank, so its not for the younger readers. The audio book is even better, as you get to hear it in teh author's own voice.

  • By Brainman60 on 10 July 2012

    I have Aspergers and found this story of a guy with the condition quite interesting. The first few chapters describe our hero as an obnoxious child and an annoying teenager. So nothing particularly to do with autism. His father has a drink problem and his mother has mental issues. He leaves home and his obsessions lead to jobs in the music industry. In particular with a popular singing group called Kiss He moves on and takes jobs which eventually lead to management positions. Management positions mean dealing with people rather than the things that you are actually good at. Been there done that. Eventually he is diagnosed and begins to deal with the condition. The most telling comment for me was when he says that we don't prefer our own company. We don't like having no friends. We just don't know how to have friends. Everything seems to work out for him in the end however.It's readable and interesting and adds something to the knowledge on the subject.

  • By linnylou on 25 November 2011

    Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger'sThis book was reccomended to me by a friend.My grandson has Aspergers and i need to understand the condition.Funny in parts,and helping me a great deal.Ido think if you have a child on the 'Spectrum' you should read this.It gives you hope for your child.

  • By Lazy Maisy on 21 March 2009

    Having read and enjoyed Augusten Burrough's books, I was interested in reading his brother's story, both for its own sake as an insight into an Aspergian's life, and also to see how/if it dovetailed with Burrough's accounts of the family. I was not disappointed - a fascinating book in an easy-to-read style.

  • By nippymcsween on 7 September 2010

    This is easy to read, and I could hardly put it down. It was funny and engaging and touching. Gave me insight into a different way of being, and a look into an unusual life.

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