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

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13 Critic Reviews

Robison's voice, spare in self-pity but rich in understatement, keeps Look Me In The Eye from becoming an emotionless textbook or an Oprah-friendly weepfest.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About John Elder Robison

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JOHN ELDER ROBISON lives with his wife and son in Amherst, Massachusetts. His company, J E Robison Service, repairs and restores fine European automobiles.
 
Published September 25, 2007 by Broadway Books. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

The view from inside this little-understood disorder offers both cold comfort and real hope, which makes it an exceptionally useful contribution to the literature.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 09 2007

In the end, Robison succeeds in his goal of “helping those who are struggling to grow up or live with Asperger’s” to see how it “is not a disease” but “a way of being” that needs no cure except understanding and encouragement from others.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Laura Frazin Steele on Apr 08 2010

John Elder Robison's autobiography is more than a compelling true story. Look Me in the Eye holds significant implications for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and specifically, Asperger's Disorder.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott on Sep 25 2007

LOOK ME IN THE EYE should be required reading for teachers and human services professionals, concerned parents and anyone who likes a well-crafted story of a life zestfully lived to the beat of wildly different drums.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Oct 25 2007

Robison's voice, spare in self-pity but rich in understatement, keeps Look Me In The Eye from becoming an emotionless textbook or an Oprah-friendly weepfest.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Oct 25 2007

Robison's voice, spare in self-pity but rich in understatement, keeps Look Me In The Eye from becoming an emotionless textbook or an Oprah-friendly weepfest.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by WOOK KIM on Oct 01 2007

Look Me in the Eye is a fantastic life story (highlights include building guitars for Kiss) told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Sue Magee on Feb 01 2008

You don't need to have any association with Asperger's to appreciate this book. Even if you forget that point, what you get is an extraordinary story well told.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Sophia on Aug 04 2009

I don't know too much about Asperger's or autism, but I thought Look Me in the Eye was an interesting look from Robison's perspective...I enjoyed reading Look Me in the Eye, but I found myself eager to pick up Running With Scissors to see if I could get more of the story of Robison's family.

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BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by Chris McIntosh on Dec 22 2015

These are powerful messages for anyone, but especially those of us with AS. I recommend this book unreservedly.

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Boston.com

Good
Reviewed by Joseph P. Kahn on Sep 25 2007

There's an endearing quality to Robison and his story that transcends the "Scissors" connection - and even Robison's feel-good message about overcoming a troubled childhood en route to success and self-awareness.

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Birmingham Public Library

Good
Reviewed by Tressa on Nov 06 2007

Look Me in the Eye is one of the few books on Asperger's Syndrome that is not a dry training manual on the condition.

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Steph the Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by StephTheBookworm on Dec 10 2009

I thought this was a fascinating read. I really enjoyed having a peak into the mind of an Aspergian (don’t know if this is the correct term, but it’s what John uses). This story was funny at times...He is also lighthearted and genuine about Asperger’s, and makes light of it while still being honest and true.

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