Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Central Book Club: Look Me in the Eye

Look Me in the Eye: My life with Asperger's
by John Elder Robison

Look Me in the Eye chronicles John Elder Robison's experience growing up with Asperger's Syndrome in a time before anyone knew there was such a condition. As anyone who's read Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs could tell you, John Elder's home life could only exacerbate his status as misfit even more. His father was frequently abusive and his not-all-there mother was increasingly slipping into the control of the dubious psychiatrist Dr. Finch.  Despite being labeled as a misfit and future criminal in his youth, John Elder learns to design and construct sound equipment which eventually leads him to building special effects guitars for KISS. Later on he helps design early electronic games for Milton Bradley. Then, realizing he works better on his own, starts a business repairing expensive cars.

Though the events of the book are not told in strict chronological order, John Elder's highly logical way of thinking is evident throughout the retelling. Look Me in the Eye is a great book for anyone curious about what Asperger's Syndrome is and how a person with Asperger's learns to adapt to society.

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