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Look me in the eye;My Life with Asperger's By John Elder Robison

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

About the book

This book is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. Ultimately, this is the story of the author’s journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner—repairing his beloved high-end automobiles. A born storyteller, the author takes you inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as “defective,” who could not avail himself of KISS’s endless supply of groupies, and who still has a peculiar aversion to using people’s given names (he calls his wife “Unit Two”). He also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents—the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs.


What I love about it

The book reaffirms the stereotype of the eccentric savant and that people with Asperger's are more caring towards their fixations than towards other people.

It was interesting and heart warming.


Quotes to remember

“I needed to stop forcing myself to fit into something I could never be a part of.”

“It must be my logical consideration of a decision many see as purely intuitive or emotional that throws other people for a loop.”


How I can apply it’s content to my life.

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