LOOK ME IN THE EYE: My Life with Asperger’s is John Elder Robison’s extraordinarily moving and slyly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s syndrome (a type of high-functioning autism) at a time when the diagnosis simply didn't exist. As a child, and with no inkling of how to pass for “normal,” John tried to make friends by petting other children with sticks– not a strategy that went over very well. He seldom met anyone’s gaze, and struggled with the simplest social interactions. Feeling like a freak, he dropped out of high school at sixteen and took refuge in his savant-like abilities
with machines.

The number of children and adults being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome is skyrocketing, and the parents of those children – as well as adults with Asperger’s – are hungry for insight into this condition. John’s memoir stands out among other such books because he traveled such a dark and winding path and has arrived at such a satisfying place: married, the father of a seventeen-year-old son, and the owner of a hugely successful business repairing and restoring fine European automobiles. After a lifetime of feeling like a fraud, John has learned to compensate for his weaknesses and to identify himself proudly as an “Aspergian.”

 
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