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Look Me in the Eye

Look Me in the Eye
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Author John Elder Robison
Country United States
Language English
Genre Memoir
Publisher Three Rivers Press
Publication date
September 25, 2007
Media type Hardcover
Pages 304 pp.
ISBN
OCLC 122309450
362.196/8588320092 B 22
LC Class RC553.A88 R635 2007

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's is a New York Times bestseller by John Elder Robison, chronicling the author's life with Asperger syndrome and tough times growing up.

Story

Published in 2007 on the Crown imprint of Random House, Look Me in the Eye describes how Robison grew up as a misfit in the 1960s, at a time when the Asperger syndrome diagnosis did not exist in the United States. The book describes how Robison learns to fit in, without actually knowing why he was different. His situation was made even more complicated at times by his neglectful and abusive father and a somewhat crazed mother. After dropping out of school, he had a sudden fascination with sound engineering and electronics.[1] His strong interest led to unusual career choices, including time with Pink Floyd's sound company, making special effects for the band Kiss, designing electronic games and toys for Milton Bradley, and starting his own business repairing and restoring expensive cars. Robison finally learned about Asperger syndrome in 1996, at age 39, and his life was transformed by the knowledge.[2] He was first introduced to the public in his brother Augusten Burroughs' memoir Running with Scissors.[1] He wrote Look Me in the Eye as his perspective of the family and his life in 2006, after the death of his father.[1][3]

Published editions

Look Me in the Eye was originally published in hardcover by the Crown imprint of Random House in the United States. The book is also available as a Random House Audiobook, with the abridged version narrated by Robison himself. The paperback was published by Three Rivers Press in September 2008. Look Me in the Eye is also published and distributed by Random House in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The United Kingdom edition is available from Ebury Books.

In 2008, foreign language editions were published in Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Taiwan.

  • Portuguese edition: Olhe Nos Meus Olhos - Minha vida com a Sindrome de Asperger, Larousse May 2008.
  • German edition: Schau mich an! Mein Leben mit Asperger, Fackelträger Verlag, September 2008.

References

  1. ^ a b c Look Me in the Eye. Kirkus Reviews. July 15, 2007. Posted online May 20, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
  2. ^ Look Me in the Eye Learn Differently. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
  3. ^ .How Storytelling can aid in Healing Dying, Surviving and Aging with Grace. Retrieved September 9, 2009.

External links

  • Teacher's GuideLook Me in the Eye
  • Study GuideLook Me in the Eye
  • John Robison website
  • John Robison blogspot
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