From the time he was three or four, John Elder Robison realised that he was different from other people. He was unable to make eye contact or connect with other children, much to his distress, and by the time he was a teenager his odd habits - such as a tendency to obsessively dismantle radios and dig five-foot holes (and stick his little brother in them) - had earned him the label 'social deviant'. It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told Robison he had the form of autism called Asperger's syndrome, transforming the way Robison saw himself - and the world. Look Me in the Eye is Robison's moving and blackly funny story of growing up with Asperger's syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn't even exist. A born storyteller, Robison takes us inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as defective and who still has a peculiar aversion to using people's given names (he calls his wife Unit Two). Above all, you'll marvel at the way Robison overcame the restrictions of Asperger's to gain the connection he always craved: as a husband and father.
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(198mm x 128mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
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Book Review: Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison - Reviewed by CloggieA (13 Nov 2011)
Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger’s is the first book by John Elder Robison. Not diagnosed with Asperger’s until he was forty, Robison describes himself as a misfit. In this book he tells of growing up in an extremely dysfunctional family. Some of the story has been told by his younger brother Chris, better known as Augusten Burroughs, in Running With Scissors. He goes on to tell of his life after dropping out of high school, his fascination with all things electronic, his life with the band, making smoking guitars for KISS, engineering at Milton-Bradley, and eventually becoming his own boss repairing European cars. All this is told in a matter-of-fact and totally unsentimental way (as you would expect from an Aspergian), and with the benefit of hindsight, Robison explains his actions and reactions. This book is interesting and insightful; it is also very funny: Robison’s chapters on post-hole diggers, plastic cocaine and many other pranks, having a baby, and choosing a wife produce giggles, snickers and laugh-out-loud moments. An interesting comment on Asperger’s and on life in general.
Author Biography - John Elder Robison
John Robison lives with his wife and son in Amherst, Massachusetts. His company, J E Robison Service, repairs and restores classic cares such as Jaguars, Land Rovers, Rolls Royces and Bentleys. His website is www.johnrobison.com.