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.
John Elder Robison, the older brother of best-selling memoirist Augusten Burroughs, never felt comfortable around other humans, particularly his alcoholic father and deranged mother, and instead retreated into the comfortingly logical world of machines, eventually becoming one of the special effects technicians for the band Kiss. Robison was considered strange all his life, but it was not until middle age that he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism that makes it difficult to pick up on social cues, and can turn the human world into a bewildering and confusing place. In his intelligent and frequently funny memoir, Robison describes the nature of his condition and wonderfully captures his peculiar but fascinating perspective on the world around him.
- Medical, Psychology, Biography + Autobiography
- Physician + Patient, General
- March 13, 2013
- September 9, 2008
- John Elder Robison