Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism

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In the acclaimed sequel to Nobody Nowhere?in which Donna Williams gives readers a guided tour of life with autism?Williams explores the four years since her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live normally. NPR sponsorship.

The bestselling author of Nobody Nowhere continues her searing, revelatory account of her battle of autism--a life dominated by disembodied pattern, sound, color, and movement, cut off from the incomprehensible actions...

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Overview

In the acclaimed sequel to Nobody Nowhere—in which Donna Williams gives readers a guided tour of life with autism—Williams explores the four years since her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live normally. NPR sponsorship.

The bestselling author of Nobody Nowhere continues her searing, revelatory account of her battle of autism--a life dominated by disembodied pattern, sound, color, and movement, cut off from the incomprehensible actions of people. Donna explores the four years sinse her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live normally.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Nobody Nowhere , the author reported on her escape, after 25 years, from the hallucinatory prison of autism inhabited by her multiple personalities. The artistically gifted Williams continues to build a bridge between ``my'' world and ``the'' world in this detailed follow-up, weaving recently recovered memories into accounts of her ongoing daily life. In her native Australia, she began to teach children with special needs--autistics among them--in whom she relived her own earlier struggles. With exquisite sensitivity, she conveys her impressions of people and surroundings as might someone returning from an extended trip. Particularly moving is her newly claimed sense of inhabiting her own body, a connection which she describes as ``the first security in life, which had been missing.'' Travel abroad to publicize her book and meet with foreign publishers posed another challenge, which she met with courage. (Mar.)
Library Journal
In the sequel to her best-selling account of an autistic life, Nobody Nowhere ( LJ 9/92), Williams describes the few years that followed the completion of her first manuscript. Her extraordinary and painful growth as she completes her education, continues psychiatric treatment, experiences the unwelcome publicity brought about by the publication of Nobody Nowhere , and subsequent author tour is clearly shown through her writing. Williams does an excellent job of taking the reader inside the mind and emotions of an autistic person. A powerful book both as a biography and as a study of a medical disorder, this is sure to be as popular as her earlier title. Most public libraries should purchase. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/93.-- Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty. P.L.
Denise Perry Donavin
Williams is autistic and wrote her first book, "Nobody Nowhere" , about her childhood filled with abuse and misery. In this second volume, she records her life as a published author and as a graduate student in education. She writes of how many classmates disbelieved her problems and thought she was looking for attention or putting on a show with her bewilderment by or extreme reactions to physical contact. The author's work with other autistic children offers a great deal of insight into how their comforting mechanisms can be simply incorporated into their care and education. Williams' experiences with autism are a wonder that will benefit those on both sides of this amazing condition.
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"This book deserves every superlative a reviewer can muster."
                             -The Globe and Mail

"To be able to do what [Donna Williams] has done, by age 27, and to write about it so poignantly and so articulately is to function on a higher level than most 'normal' folk achieve in a lifetime."
                             -Boston Globe

"By illuminating her own unique perceptions, she allows us to understand our own perceptions as never before...And oh, can she write."
                             -The New York Times Review of Books

"The artistically gifted Williams continues to build a bridge between 'my' world and 'the'world."
                             -Publishers Weekly

"Somebody Somewhere...provides a shining light into the dark mystery of autism."
                             -Detroit Free Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812922875
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    A pivotal and challenging book written at a pivotal point in time

    It's 1994 in a world where most people don't yet have email or internet and the undiagnosed adults on the Autistic Spectrum born in the 1960s and earlier still don't know each other exist, often believing they are the only one's like themselves in the entire world. After a life of abuse, domestic prostitution, homelessness and poverty Donna Williams has wandered her way back to Australia and finally found the answer to 'what kind of mad am I'. The words of her childhood like deaf, psychotic, disturbed now get swept aside with a formal diagnosis as Autistic as she stumbles upon and enters into therapy with an eccentric an innovative psychologist, Theo Marek and they try to understand each other with astoundingly different language, concepts, realities and 'normality', viewing each other as one might an alien. Having finally discovered the population she has been kept from all her life, Donna develops a small town dream and determines with her IQ of under 70 to become a teacher and change and advance the world of Developmental Disabilities and how those with them are treated in Special Education and beyond. But the manuscript of her first book remains in a tea chest in England, a copy of it left with a stranger who unknown to her has forwarded it on. And soon a fax arrives through the post from a literary agent with a copy of that book in his hands. The book she wrote only for herself, filled with darkness and shame and surreal idiosyncracy of her previously undiagnosed Autistic world is set to become an international bestseller and propel the woman terrified of being 'known' out of the shadows and straight into the limelight as one of the most famous people ever diagnosed with Autism in the world. An incredible, uplifting book.

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