look me in the eye
John Elder Robison
September 25, 2007
An intimate and detailed emotional journey, ‘look me in the eye’, is a well written, compassionate, deeply moving story that will have the reader laughing out loud on one page and on the verge of tears the next. Robison reveals what life was like growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father and his mentally ill mother. As a result of his inability to communicate appropriately, blurting out non sequiturs, and several other socially unacceptable behaviors, he was labeled a deviant. He found comfort with machinery. Dismantling and repairing various machines would lead to incredible employment opportunities, developing toys for Milton Bradley and guitars for the hard hitting rock group KISS and later for Pink Floyd. His life would be forever altered when, at the age of forty he was diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism.Look Me In The Eye is much more than a memoir, Robison lifts the curtain and shines an unflinching light on life with asperger’s syndrome. Well written and original, this heartfelt journey is a fascinating and entertaining read that will remain with the reader long after the book is returned to the shelf.
Hilarious & heartfelt…an excellent memoir that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey into the deep recesses of the heart and mind.
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