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Publisher Description

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.

September 9
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

KathrynGraceVT ,

A Significant Book

I hesitate to say that I loved the book, even though it's really good. It's unique, funny and poignant. However, his atypical thinking produces somewhat atypical writing that may require a bit more mental flexibility than your standard brain-vacation-type novel. He is a good, solid story-teller with an amazing story to tell, and it was certainly compelling and, in my opinion, important to read. I admire that author putting his own story out there in order to validate all those kids with Aspergers syndrome. Admittedly, sometimes my brain just didn't have the energy to empathize with his notably functional writing. I would certainly recommend it, regardless.

Avis78 ,

Insightful and inspiring.

If you have family or friends who are Aspergian, this is totally worth the read. John's stories will really help you "get it". Thanks for your courage, Sir!

Franloe ,

Look me in the eye

I think the author might be different from most of us but he is also smarter and more willing to spend the time learning what he doesn't know. I recommend this book for everyone. We can all learn how to be more accepting of others and look at what they can teach us.

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