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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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by John Elder Robison, Augusten Burroughs
 

ISBN-10: 0307395987

ISBN-13: 9780307395986

Pub. Date: 09/25/2007

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307395986
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.36(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents


Author's Note     ix
Foreword   Augusten Burroughs     xi
Prologue     1
A Little Misfit     7
A Permanent Playmate     19
Empathy     29
A Trickster Is Born     35
I Find a Porsche     43
The Nightmare Years     51
Assembly Required     59
The Dogs Begin to Fear Me     69
I Drop Out of High School     85
Collecting the Trash     95
The Flaming Washtub     101
I'm in Prison with the Band     113
The Big Time     125
The First Smoking Guitar     133
The Ferry to Detroit     143
One with the Machine     151
Rock and Roll All Night     155
A Real Job     171
A Visit from Management     181
Logic vs. Small Talk     189
Being Young Executives     195
Becoming Normal     207
I Get a Bear Cub     219
A Diagnosis at Forty     233
Montagoonians     241
Units One Through Three     247
Married Life     253
Winning at Basketball     259
My Life as a Train     265
Epilogue     273
Acknowledgments     283
Reading and Resources     285

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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a swim and triathlon coach for disabled kids, 'Look Me In the Eye', served as an eye opener for me. Reading John's story, of his uncontrollable, odd habits- nick-naming people he commonly was exposed to, blurting out at what could have been seen as the worst moments, avoiding eye contact at all costs, and digging holes, only to stick his younger brother into them, enabled me to better connect to my students and maybe from my work with them, I was able to better connect to the book. Being known as a "social deviant" though oddly intelligent, wasn't per say the correct classification for John, which one could conclude after reading the book. 'Look Me In the Eye - My Life With Asperger's' proved to be hysterically funny at times, though often a sense of dark humor, but was able to pull the strings to your emotions as well. The book follows John's life from his hilairious childhood to his diagnosis (which he didn't reach until the age of forty) with Asperger's sydrome (a form of autism) into his journey of creating a family of his own and following his dreams of building guitars for the band KISS. I really enjoyed this book, the connections which I was able to make to it, and its' ability to pull on my emotions yet make me laugh a few pages later. My only complaint is that the book drew out, and was a little bit slow and hard to get through in the middle pages. This book should definitely be read by anyone (like myself) whom works with disabled children, any parent, as well as any teacher. I've never read a book quite like this, and thus have no further recommendations but my overall rating of this book is excellent! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first learned that I had to read a nonfiction book as part of an English project, I was a little less than thrilled, as I generally do not enjoy nonfiction reading. However, I was actually a bit excited to read Look Me in the Eye, since I have an interest in the topic of psychological disorders. I thought that I would find the memoir of a man with Asperger's Syndrome to be quite interesting. As I read John Elder Robison's memoir, I realized that my prediction was correct. I was fascinated by the descriptions of his thought process, entertained by stories of his antics, and saddened by some of the recollections from his rough childhood. His memoir was truly an eye opener for me; it allowed me to get a taste of what it would be like to be inside the head of an Aspergian. Reading this memoir made me think about some of the things that the average person takes for granted, such as the abilities to hold conversations, make friends, and simply look people in the eye. People had the tendency to label Robison as a "misfit" when he was a child, because he did not posses the aforementioned abilities, though he eventually learned how to adapt to the norms of society. Nevertheless, he still felt eccentric throughout much of his life, up until the point of his diagnosis at the age of forty. Despite the fact that he had Asperger's, Robison was able to accomplish a variety of things in life that most "normal" people could only dream of doing. By the end of the book, I felt proud of him and his accomplishments and began to wonder if I've ever encountered an Aspergian. His memoir made me have a better appreciation for what I have now and a better understanding of people with disorders. I would definitely recommend Look Me in the Eye for anybody who has ever wondered what it would be like in the mind of someone with any kind of disorder. It's certainly an interesting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intimate and detailed emotional journey, `look me in the eye¿, is a well written, compassionate, deeply moving story that will have the reader laughing out loud on one page and on the verge of tears the next. Robison reveals what life was like growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father and his mentally ill mother. As a result of his inability to communicate appropriately, blurting out non sequiturs, and several other socially unacceptable behaviors, he was labeled a deviant. He found comfort with machinery. Dismantling and repairing various machines would lead to incredible employment opportunities, developing toys for Milton Bradley and guitars for the hard hitting rock group KISS and later for Pink Floyd. His life would be forever altered when, at the age of forty he was diagnosed with asperger¿s syndrome, a mild form of autism. Look Me In The Eye is much more than a memoir or biography-- Robison lifts the curtain and shines an unflinching light on life with asperger¿s syndrome. Well written and original, this heartfelt journey is a fascinating and entertaining read that will remain with the reader long after the book is returned to the shelf. Personally, I had only the briefest understanding of asperger's syndrome - however, this book has not only defined, with pinpoint accuracy the medical jargon, but the author allowed me a front row seat, with an unfiltered view of how his mind operates, the things that caused him difficulties and how he has learned to deal with each and made a comfortable life for himself and his family. Stunning! Happy Reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a mother of an Aspergian, John's amazing recollect of childhood thought processes enlightened my understanding of my own child. Everyone must read this book!!!!
Trinity9264 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because my eleven year old son has Asperger's Syndrome. I read it and then I let him read it. I wanted him to see that someone could live a "normal" life with Asperger's. We talked about the similarities that he shared with Mr. Robson. This book gave me a real insight into the mind of an Asperger's person. I highly recommend it for anyone who has an Asperger child, sibling or spouse. I've read other books about AS but you get a better understanding when you read something written by an actual AS person.
buryuntime More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave me an idea of what someone with Asperger's goes through and how they think. The book never once seemed slow and was very entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Aspergers and autism.
DrKathyMarshack More than 1 year ago
Intense, funny, inspiring autobiography of a young man coming of age with Asperger's Syndrome. You can't possibly understand what goes on in the mind of someone with Asperger's Syndrome, if you are neuro-typical. The normal rules do not apply. But Robison describes the inner workings of his mind in a way that shows the incredible structure of an "Aspergian" mind. This is an excellent book for anyone trying to love and understand a loved one with Asperger's Syndrome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a page turner. There were parts in the book , however that seems to drag, but overall, i highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because my husband has undiagnosed Aspergers. I thought it would help to understand an 'Aspergian' from the inside. I wasn't disappointed. But not only for the insights. This book was interesting, entertaining, informative, and really enjoyable. I had not read Running with Scissors, but now I must. We should all take the time to know the Robison family and then try to learn about and understand the human frailities each of us has in our own lives. This is an inspiring memoir although the author might just humbly say say 'woof'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One never know what others deal with every day. Robison's insightful book gives the reader vignettes into the daily stresses he was afflicted with as a sufferer of Aspergers. He is an entertaining writer, and the book educated me while giving me a laugh. I'm not one for delving into other's issues, but seeing how smart and successful Aspergian Robison is, I've resolved to be more tolerant, meanwhile I'll hope he writes another tome to make me laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Look Me in the Eye' is a fabulous book. Once you get started you can't stop. John E. Robison's storytelling and point of view is great! It is rare to find a writer who can really make you feel varied emotions, and yet entertained. John E. Robison shows you that there is no diagnosis/disease that can interfere with what you want to do. This is must read book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
John and I exchanged ARC's 'advanced reader copies' before our books came out. He got my book LOTTERY and I got LOOK ME IN THE EYE. I was blown away! His book is funny, insightful and well written. I loved it! I blurbed it then and I'll blurb it now. BUY THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of John Robison's, LOOK ME IN THE EYE. Wonderful is too weak a word. What I love most about it 'other than his stories which are both funny and heart-rending' is that his unique voice is strong and steady throughout. He makes the reader really feel what he is going through, what it is like to be in his world ¿ the world of an Aspergian. I can understand then, why this book will be so popular for families of Aspergians and Aspergians themselves. But, it will also touch anyone who has ever felt awkward, unloved or unwanted. In other words, we can all relate. And for that, thank you John. From the very first page, your book moved me in the way I always hope a book will, although few live up to that hope. This one¿s a keeper.
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