5 thoughts on “Look Me in the Eye

  1. I am interested in the Asperger’s continuum, so when I heard about this memoir – written by Augusten Burroughs’s brother – I added it to my Amazon wish list. The title leads one to believe that the book is about the author’s life with Asperger’s, but that’s a little misleading. The book is about his life in general and very little is devoted to how Asperger’s influenced his life at all ages. I wanted to read a memoir about growing up within a dysfunctional family and also having a condition that

  2. In a day when a cure is expected for nearly every ailment, flaw or disorder, I was struck by John Elder Robinson’s assertion that those with Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder on the autism spectrum that the author lived with undiagnosed until he was forty, needs no cure – only understanding.

    John Elder Robinson starts his story with his earliest memories -a failed attempt to make friends in a sandbox and meanders through his shame at being called a deviant and a psychopath because h

  3. “Look me in the eyes, young man!”
    “Nobody trusts a man who won’t look them in the eye.”
    “You look like a criminal.”
    “I’ve read about people like you. They have no expression because they have no feeling. Some of the worst murderers in history were sociopaths.”

    These are just some of the things John Elder Robison heard as a young boy, decades before a friend handed him a book about Asperger’s Syndrome and told him, “This book describes you exactly.” Hearing these predictions made Robison withdraw eve

  4. Asperger’s Syndrome is a mild form of autism that affects social interaction, communication skills and may also cause physical clumsiness. For example, it may prevent a person from displaying emotion and may cause them to make inappropriate or odd comments.

    The author Robison had it undiagnosed for most of his life. Robison is also the older brother of Running with Scissors author Augusten Burroughs. One interesting element of this book is that Robison describes some of the same events as Burrou

  5. I had no idea John Robison was Augusten Burrough’s brother! He gives the foreword in the book.

    This is a really sad story of a boy’s childhood. He had family with troubles, kids and people that were mean. They didn’t know he had something like he had and people didn’t understand most of that stuff back then. They don’t even understand it now. A lot of people are just mean.

    Just because someone has any kind of mental or medical issue doesn’t mean there is something wrong with them. They are not m

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