Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters

Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters

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by Jesse A. Saperstein
     
 

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Thus begins a memoir only Jesse Saperstein could write. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, at the age of fourteen, Jesse has struggled with many of the hallmark challenges of the condition–from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty in dealing with change and managing his emotions.

In this endearing and honest book,

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Overview

Thus begins a memoir only Jesse Saperstein could write. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, at the age of fourteen, Jesse has struggled with many of the hallmark challenges of the condition–from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty in dealing with change and managing his emotions.

In this endearing and honest book, Jesse shares his unique perspective on:

overcoming bullying and chronic rejection (you think you had a few awkward years)

coping with compulsions and making peace with ritualistic obsessions (including an enduring love of the postal system)

the bizarre habits of neurotypicals (why don't they just say what they mean?)

the mysteries of dating and sex (“New York City harbors more Jewish women than the entire nation of Israel. All of them have rejected me.”)

finding purpose and strength (hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with teenagers living with HIV/AIDS, and inspiring others with his popular speeches to neurotypical and Asperger's students)

A delightful storyteller, Jesse Saperstein puts a human face on Asperger's–and makes us laugh, empathize, and better understand what it means to see the world through the prism of autism.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Brilliant, creative writing. His next book should be a novel."
-Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures

"With a voice as keen and honest as any I've ever had the pleasure of reading, Jesse Saperstein cracks open the underbelly of life with Asperger's, mesmerizing readers with a tale that is as fabulously incorrigible as it is strikingly compelling. Jesse Saperstein is the son I always wanted!"
-Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome

"This funny, poignant, and honest book provides further evidence that Asperger's Syndrome is no cookie-cutter diagnosis. Atypical also informs us that Jesse Saperstein is a wonderful addition to the world of Asperger literature."
-Michael John Carley, executive director of The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) and author of Asperger's From the Inside Out

"Honest, funny, bristling with ideas and intelligence, Jesse A. Saperstein's Atypical marks the debut of a bright young voice from the Asperger's community."
-Tim Page, author of Parallel Play and professor at the University of Southern California

"Amusing, surprising, and informative. Just when I thought I had learned all I can from personal accounts, I had the chance to read this one!"
-Jerry Newport, author of Mozart and the Whale, with Mary Newport and Johnny Dodd

"Jesse Saperstein's wise and compelling memoir lets us know how frustrating and strange life can be for a bright, resourceful young man with Asperger's navigating the typical world. Funny, irreverent, and ultimately forgiving of all the damage we 'well-adjusted' typicals wreak on those who are a little different from us."
-Sigourney Weaver, actress

"By describing his experience with honesty, passion and deep clarity, Saperstein allows a so-called 'neurotypical' like myself to completely identify with his atypicality. A very powerful read."
-Bruce Altman, actor

"Jesse Saperstein is witty, insightful, and smart. He is also caring, social, emotional, empathetic, and able to learn from his mistakes and other people's rudeness-all traits we are often told that people with Asperger's don't have. I highly recommend this book to parents, educators, community members-frankly, to everyone. Jesse, I want to know what happens next; I hope you are working on a sequel!"
-Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Life Skills

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399535727
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Brilliant, creative writing. His next book should be a novel."
-Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures

"With a voice as keen and honest as any I've ever had the pleasure of reading, Jesse Saperstein cracks open the underbelly of life with Asperger's, mesmerizing readers with a tale that is as fabulously incorrigible as it is strikingly compelling. Jesse Saperstein is the son I always wanted!"
-Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome

"This funny, poignant, and honest book provides further evidence that Asperger's Syndrome is no cookie-cutter diagnosis. Atypical also informs us that Jesse Saperstein is a wonderful addition to the world of Asperger literature."
-Michael John Carley, executive director of The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) and author of Asperger's From the Inside Out

"Honest, funny, bristling with ideas and intelligence, Jesse A. Saperstein's Atypical marks the debut of a bright young voice from the Asperger's community."
-Tim Page, author of Parallel Play and professor at the University of Southern California

"Amusing, surprising, and informative. Just when I thought I had learned all I can from personal accounts, I had the chance to read this one!"
-Jerry Newport, author of Mozart and the Whale, with Mary Newport and Johnny Dodd

"Jesse Saperstein's wise and compelling memoir lets us know how frustrating and strange life can be for a bright, resourceful young man with Asperger's navigating the typical world. Funny, irreverent, and ultimately forgiving of all the damage we 'well-adjusted' typicals wreak on those who are a little different from us."
-Sigourney Weaver, actress

"By describing his experience with honesty, passion and deep clarity, Saperstein allows a so-called 'neurotypical' like myself to completely identify with his atypicality. A very powerful read."
-Bruce Altman, actor

"Jesse Saperstein is witty, insightful, and smart. He is also caring, social, emotional, empathetic, and able to learn from his mistakes and other people's rudeness-all traits we are often told that people with Asperger's don't have. I highly recommend this book to parents, educators, community members-frankly, to everyone. Jesse, I want to know what happens next; I hope you are working on a sequel!"
-Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Life Skills

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Meet the Author

An autism advocate and popular motivational speaker, Jesse A. Saperstein is considered one of the most respected leaders in the anti-bullying movement of his generation.

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