Ever since he was small, John Robison had 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 had earned him the label social deviant. No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on. After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed ...
Ever since he was small, John Robison had 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 had earned him the label social deviant. No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on. After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS. Later, he drifted into a real job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be normal and do what he simply couldn t: communicate. It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself and the world. Robison also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs. Ultimately, this is the story of Robison s journey from his world into ours, a strange, sly, indelible account sometimes alien, yet always deeply human."
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This book is excellent for anyone who has a friend, friend's family member, their own family member, or themselves with Asperger's! It gives a lot of hope for a successful life! I had read the book on my NOOK because my sister is raising a grandson with Asperger's. I bought a copy of the book for her, as well as for a friend, whose grandson also has it. They are both SUPER grateful to get a copy of it. Thanks for sending the copies as quickly as you did!
Dec 24, 2009
From the inside
I was very interested, in this book, because I have a 12 year old grandson who has Aspergers. It gave me a better view of how he felt from the inside. It has been read by his mother and is now being read by an aunt who has an autistic daughter.
Nov 19, 2009
I have 2 children with autism, my oldest having Asperger's. As soon as I saw the front cover of the book the title struck me; I knew it was a biography about someone with autism. John Robison shows us what it feels like to grow up with Asperger's, how different he felt, and not knowing why. I really enjoyed the stories he told about the pranks he pulled, and sometimes how such complicated things often are really just so simple if you think about it. I enjoyed this book very much.
Jan 17, 2008
After reading several "technical" books on this subject, this was a breath of fresh air. A true "inside" look at Asperber's. Would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the thought processes of a child or adult with Asperger's. A great read!
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