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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
Look Me in the Eye My Life with Asperger's
Author: John Elder Robison
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 (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guid...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307396181
ISBN-10: 0307396185
Publication Date: 7/8/2008
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 195 ratings
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on
Helpful Score: 9
I LOVED this book!! Having my own son with Aspberger tendencies it was such a joy to have someone write about it from their own standpoint rather than that of a doctor.
reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Now I know why my own son doesn't look me in the eye.
This book is very telling. I think it's because the author is looking back and didn't know when he was growing up that he has Asperger's.
It really helps me understand the little "things" that make my son tick. And I know now that he really doesn't have to look someone in the eye to be listening. It also gave me a better understanding of how your child can seem neurotypical but still has those moments when you (and everyone around you) know better. It also helps me feel better in knowing that my son can grow up and be successful.
I recommend for anyone who is dealing with Asperger's in their life.
esjro avatar reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on + 685 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Look Me in the Eye is John Elder Robison's memoir of his experiences as a person with Asperger's Syndrome. The early chapters are the most difficult to read, as Robison describes growing up in a family with alcoholism, physical abuse and mental illness. Fortunately he omits most of the more disturbing experiences described by younger brother Augusten Borrough in his memoir "Running with Scissors," but the added challenges Robinson faces because of his condition make the story even more poignant.

Once Robison leaves home and slowly begins learning how to interact in a socially acceptable way, Look Me in the Eye becomes a fun and interesting read. The author's stories of being on tour with KISS and working in R&D for a toy company show what a talented person he is. Though it starts out bleak, Look Me in the Eye is ultimately a happy story as Robison is able to forgive his parents and find a wife who appreciates who he is.

Purists be warned: this paperback edition was edited to make it more appropriate for the teenage audience it has found. Seek out the hardback edition if you want the swearing intact.
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Helpful Score: 2
Fantastic memoir! Engaging...informative...humorous. My son has a touch of Asperger's and this helps me to understand yet it entertains at the same time. This is a must read for anyone trying to wrap their head around the whole concept of autism spectrum diagnoses, more specifically Asperger's.
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting, easy read. Very well written and concise astorytelling. Fascinating true stories will make you think twice before judging someone as weird!
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reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on
What a wonderful word smith...his little brother is right, this man is a great tale teller. This life story helps me understand and hold out hope that all will find their special spot in life.
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Anybody who has a family member diagnosed with Aspergers should read this book. Mr. Robison lived knowing that he was different from most people but until he was in his sixties he didn't know that the 'difference' has a name. A most courageous man.
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An interesting story, but not very well written.


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