Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Look Me in the Eye—John Elder Robison—

This was a pretty good book. Nothing terribly exciting, but on the other hand, it wasn’t too poorly written. It was a quick read. However, I must admit this new thread of ‘tell-all’ memoirs about adults with Asperger’s syndrome are becoming a bit redundant. And in reading this one, I carefully looked for the battery of neurological/psychological testing that the author took to determine the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and found none. Mr. Robison was told by a social friend that he exhibited some of the traits of Asperger’s Syndrome. And the author read a lot of literature about the subject, but it seems that he was not diagnosed by a professional. This was disturbing to me. The parts about KISS concerts were fun.

Born Standing Up—Steve Martin—

I got an advanced readers copy at the Book Expo last June. It was a nice book. Quick read, not very funny. I do hope they did another bout of editing before the actual publication.

1 comment:

John Elder Robison said...

I see that you're a local person with an Aspergian child. Why don't you come to our program at The Elms in Chicopee this Sunday at 2?

Michael Wilcox and I are both active in the Asperger Association of New England, and we'll both be there along with others from the AANE.

You'll have a chance to meet other grown Aspergians, and I hope you'll find it inspiring.

There will also be parents there, some of whose kids are like me, with others being more impaired.

The information is at www.elms.edu/news and on my blog. There's no charge to attend and the whole family is welcome.