Look Me in The Eye: My Life with Aspberger’s by John Elder Robison(4 out of 5)

One of my friends from a galaxy far, far away went on and on about this book. It’s not a new title, but since the follow-up just came out, I felt I should read one before the other. I am very glad I did! Autism and all spectrum disorders are not new to the current world. But back when John Elder Robison was growing up, it wasn’t recognized as what it is today. Robison- and others- grew up being called names, branded as stupid, and even Robison called himself “defective” growing up. This is his story of how he made it through the brambles of abuse and triumphed. It wasn’t until many, many years later that a friend gave him the keys to discovery. Robison knew he was different, and there was some reason that computers, music, electronics, and pyrotechnics so captured him, while social situations made him uncomfortable, many times making him blurt out unacceptable responses. He used his gifts to get his biggest gig yet, as the guy who made Ace Frehley’s guitars fire up and perform amazing pyrotechnics while he was in KISS. His family situation left much to be desired- his mother was mentally ill, his father an abusive alcoholic, and his home life was an inferno of unpredictability. The family therapist dressed up like Santa Claus! For more of a detailed description of that childhood, check out Robison’s brother Augustan Burroughs’ excellent memoir “Running With Scissors”. If you end up digging Robison’s story(as I did), check out his brand new memoir, “Switched On”. This book was an inspirational and thought-provoking look at Aspberger’s and life with and around it. 

~ by generationgbooks on February 19, 2017.

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