World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Look Me in the Eye

Article Id: WHEBN0014271604
Reproduction Date:

Title: Look Me in the Eye  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of people with autism spectrum disorders, Autism friendly, Interactive Autism Network, Action for Autism, Saving Max
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Look Me in the Eye

Look Me in the Eye
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.
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.


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.


  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
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.