Date Completed: 8/8/2016
A memoir by and about Asperger’s, this book was as funny as could be and so heartwarming! John Elder takes readers on a tour of his life, and shows us how both difficult and joyous of an experience it can be to live with Asperger’s. His personal accounts are fantastical, and I definitely had a moment of, “Damn, am I still reading the same book?” from time to time as the scenes became more and more strange. Robison worked a series of jobs that ranged from factory work to working for rockstars and everything in between, resulting in some hilarious stories. Robison did eventually settle down, and in doing so, he took the time to ponder and discuss what it means to have Asperger’s.
His interactions with family and friends were particularly heartwarming for me. I love when memoirs go into depth of discussion about family relationships and dynamics, and this one surely did. I also loved being able to compare John Elder’s experience with that of his brother’s, Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors.
Whether you know a ton about Asperger’s, have Asperger’s, or know nothing about it, I’m sure this story would prove an interesting read for people from all backgrounds.
John Elder Robison is now the author of three books. As you will read about in this memoir, he has worked many different jobs and lived many lives in his lifetime. He is also a speaker and educator out in the world. You can find out more about him on his website!