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Publisher Description

The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son—complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble 
John Robison was not your typical dad. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. Instead of a speech about the birds and the bees, he told his son, Cubby, that he'd bought him at the Kid Store—and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would “do all chores.” While other parents played catch with their kids, John taught Cubby to drive the family's antique Rolls-Royce. Still, Cubby seemed to be turning out pretty well, at least until school authorities decided that he was dumb and stubborn—the very same thing John had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger’s too? The answer was unclear.

One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant and curious chemist—smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring federal agents calling. With Cubby facing a felony trial—and up to sixty years in prison—both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally accepting that being “on the spectrum” is both a challenge and a unique gift.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 12
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

GuashZ ,


I have read jer other two books, met him live and conversed over autism spectrum. I can't wait to read this book. It will help me when raising my own little ones soon.

Csld ,

Raising Cubby

I was so looking forward to reading this book. Some parts were really fascinating but mostly I was terribly bored.

Soyjoy ,

Loved it!

I've read John Elder Robison's "Look Me in the Eye" and "Be Different" -- both excellent books, so I was thrilled when I won a copy of "Raising Cubby" from Goodreads (especially since I was planning on purchasing the book anyway)!

JER's writing style is brilliant, which is perhaps the primary reason he has become one of my favorite authors. JER is not only a fascinating person with a fascinating life story, but he also has a great sense of humor, which shines through in all of his books and writing.

Once or twice I've seen Cubby in videos on the website Wrong Planet, and he comes across as such an incredibly intelligent and kind person. "His parents must be so proud," is what I thought to myself. So when I heard about the book "Raising Cubby", I couldn't wait to read it.

I highly recommend this book!

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