Look Me in the Eye

Look Me in the Eye : My Life with Asperger's

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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."show more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 113.4g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307396185
  • 9780307396181
  • 14,411

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"Deeply felt and often darkly funny, "Look Me in the Eye" is a delight." --"People "magazine, Critics Choice, 4 Stars "It's a fantastic life story (highlights include building guitars for KISS) told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Dramatic and revealing." --"Boston Globe" "Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping." --"Chicago Tribune" "Robison's lack of finesse with language is not only forgivable, but an asset to his story . . . His rigid sentences are arguably more telling of his condition than if he had created the most graceful prose this side of Proust." --"Chicago Sun-Times" ""Look Me in the Eye" is a fantastic read that takes readers into the mind of an Aspergian both through its plot and through the calm, logical style in which Robison writes. . . Even if you have no personal connections with Asperger' s, you'll find that Robison--like his brother, Burroughs--has a life worth reading about." --"Daily Camera" "Not only does Robison share with his famous brother, Augusten Burroughs ("Running With Scissors"), a talent for writing; he also has that same deadpan, biting humor that's so irresistible." --ELLE magazine "There's an endearing quality to Robison and his story that transcends the "Scissors" connection ..." Look Me in the Eye" is often drolly funny and seldom angry or self-pitying. Even when describing his fear that he'd grow up to be a sociopathic killer, Robison brings a light touch to what could be construed as dark subject matter...Robison is also a natural storyteller and engaging conversationalist." --"The Boston Globe ""This is no misery memoir...[Robison] is a gifted storyteller with a deadpan sense of humour and the book is a rollicking read. --Times (London) "Robison's memoir is must reading for its unblinking (as only an Aspergian can) glshow more

About John Elder Robison

JOHN ELDER ROBISON isthe"New York Times" bestselling author of "Look Me in the Eye," "Be Different" and "Raising Cubby." He lectures widely on autism and neurological differences, and is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. John also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC and the National Institutes of Health. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his family, animals, and machines."show more