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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's (original 2007; edition 2007)

by John Elder Robison

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Title:Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
Authors:John Elder Robison
Info:Crown (2007), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 304 pages
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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison (2007)


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One of the best books arround!! It provides an inside view on aspergers and life with it. ( )
  Lyuba06 | Jun 6, 2017 |
It's a choppy memoir about a guy with Asperger's. It's not bad at the beginning, but then it's just a bunch of poorly written one-dimensional stories. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Autobiography of a person who has Asperger Syndrome. He had developmental difficulty in his youth, of course; but managed to grow into a successful, happy man.

This book ends on the upbeat. I found passages especially broadening in chapters “Logic vs Small Talk” and “Becoming Normal”.

His brother wrote *Running With Scissors*
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  jack2410 | Feb 2, 2017 |
I honestly did not find this very compelling. I am confused by all the reviews saying it was not about AS. Its very much about AS and how Aspergians interact with the world. I think for me that the issue was that I have worked a good deal with people with ASD's and have some people in my personal life who are on the spectrum. Nothing here shed light that has not already been shed by those relationships. The rest was dull. When I read stories about people who toured with KISS, I want them fueled by sex and drugs and rock & roll, not circuit design. Bad match of book and reader. Robison is really honest, his writing is inelegant and workmanlike but not bad, and his path has been unique. I think this would be a better read for people who know little about ASD's but have an interest. ( )
  Narshkite | Dec 10, 2016 |
I finished this book last week. At first I wasn't sure I'd like the book, b/c I wasn't sure I liked the author! He described a lot of what I considered to be mean spirited pranks he'd play on people, including on his little brother- who was going through his own trials and tribulations. . .Then as I read on I got to truly appreciate and admire this remarkable man. He tells a great story, honestly sharing his struggles and joys. I was relieved in many parts of the book, to learn that he was able to rise to such successes, given all the obstacles he had to face.

I think this book could be very encouraging to readers w/AS.. but it could also be perhaps discouraging too.. as the author is a high functioning Aspie, brilliant, successful, married w/a kid.. I know many people w/AS may feel that this level of functioning is unattainable for them.. There are countless Aspies who can't even make friends never mind finding a mate, who long for gainful employment but can't hold even a simple job. So my hope is that it is not discouraging to the wonderful eccentrics out there who can't attain the same level as Robison. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
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Since learning about Asperger's, I have read just about every personal account I can find with regard to Asperger's. While I found all of them interesting, I can't think of one that I would have called warm or engaging - until I read John Elder Robison's memoir Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger's. ...Mr. Robison tells a story that is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny....Mr. Robison's life is a testament to the fact that a life with Asperger's can be as rich as anyone else's - despite the challenges.


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John Robison recounts his struggles to fit in and communicate with others as he grew up, describing why he had so many problems relating to others and why he often turned to machines for comfort, rather than people, and explains how his life was changed when he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age forty.
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New York Times Bestseller

“As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.”
—from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs

Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.

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Memoir of John Robison whose odd behavior was explained when he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome when he was forty and the change that made in his life.

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