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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091926335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091926335
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John has a life that is humanity's version of extreme sport. Even without the Asperger's he would have had an appalling childhood ... This is no misery memoir, however. He is a gifted storyteller with a deadpan sense of humour and the book is a rollicking read" (The Times)

"Of course it's brilliant; my big brother wrote it. But even if it hadn't been created by my big, lumbering, swearing, unshaven "early man" sibling, this is a sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find, utterly unspoiled, uninfluenced, and original" (Augusten Burroughs)

"John Robison's book is an immensely affecting account of a life lived according to his gifts rather than his limitations. His story provides ample evidence for my belief that individuals on the autistic spectrum are just as capable of rich and productive lives as anyone else" (Daniel Tammet, author of BORN ON A BLUE DAY)

"Deeply felt and often darkly funny, Look Me in the Eye is a delight" (People magazine)

"It's a fantastic life story (highlights include building guitars for KISS) told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality" (Entertainment News)

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An extraordinarily moving and unexpectedly funny memoir of growing up with Asperger's syndrome, from the brother of Augusten Burroughs

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Mom on 17 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is written from inside the skin of someone with a very different thought process from most people. It is heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny, sad and entertaining all at once. Further, it helped me understand my son with Aspergers better and to not overreact to his more unusual behavior. A good read, though the language is a bit rough and completely frank, so its not for the younger readers. The audio book is even better, as you get to hear it in teh author's own voice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brainman60 on 10 July 2012
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I have Aspergers and found this story of a guy with the condition quite interesting. The first few chapters describe our hero as an obnoxious child and an annoying teenager. So nothing particularly to do with autism. His father has a drink problem and his mother has mental issues. He leaves home and his obsessions lead to jobs in the music industry. In particular with a popular singing group called Kiss He moves on and takes jobs which eventually lead to management positions. Management positions mean dealing with people rather than the things that you are actually good at. Been there done that. Eventually he is diagnosed and begins to deal with the condition. The most telling comment for me was when he says that we don't prefer our own company. We don't like having no friends. We just don't know how to have friends. Everything seems to work out for him in the end however.
It's readable and interesting and adds something to the knowledge on the subject.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE on 30 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading John Elder's memoirs. They could have been belonged to anyone who toured with bands (KISS in this case) during the seventies but were more interesting because his accounts were maybe not quite what you'd expect. He didn't take advantage of the opportunities that others in his position could have and his explanations were insightful as well as entertaining.

The author didn't have the best upbringing but rather than dwell on that, he tells amusing accounts of his growing up and relationships; from his brother 'Varmint' to the fascinating understanding of his wife.

It's a book that looks back on childhood but also moves on to adulthood. I felt the later chapters had more information as an insight to Asperger's but I found the whole book was an enjoyable read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Paterson on 28 Mar 2011
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I found this book so insightful and interesting to understand the world of someone with Aspergers. I have recently had someone close to me diagnosed with Aspergers and i found this so insightful into how Austim effects the brain and the way Aspergers suffers think. I feel l now understand him better and the reasons behind some of his behaviour. I really would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Aspergers, Austism or just how mental health can affect people in different ways.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By linnylou on 25 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger'sThis book was reccomended to me by a friend.My grandson has Aspergers and i need to understand the condition.Funny in parts,and helping me a great deal.Ido think if you have a child on the 'Spectrum' you should read this.It gives you hope for your child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lazy Maisy on 21 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having read and enjoyed Augusten Burrough's books, I was interested in reading his brother's story, both for its own sake as an insight into an Aspergian's life, and also to see how/if it dovetailed with Burrough's accounts of the family. I was not disappointed - a fascinating book in an easy-to-read style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nippymcsween on 7 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
This is easy to read, and I could hardly put it down. It was funny and engaging and touching. Gave me insight into a different way of being, and a look into an unusual life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jun 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Parts of John Elder Robison's life were hard and are hard to read about. But like the main character in Shawshank Redemption, he climbs out of his particular hell and gets his life figured out. This book is informative about the author's struggle with the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome, inspiring as it traces his life's journey of coping and discovery, and entertaining for its pranks, anecdotes, and insider revelations about the music and electronic gaming industries.

The older brother of Running with Scissors author Augusten Burroughs, John Elder describes his life in that extremely troubled family. His mother's mental illness, his father's alcoholism, and his own difficulties in relating to other children isolated John Elder and created a deep sense of loneliness that did not diminish until adulthood. Escaping by dropping out of high school, John Elder leaves town for a consuming job repairing musical equipment for a high-profile rock group. He describes his gradually successful efforts to reach out of his very private world and connect with friends, his first wife, his son, and then his second wife. Readers feel his sense of closure later in the book as he eventually returns to his home town and rebuilds relationships with his parents and childhood schoolmates. He goes home again, and makes it work out.

John Elder did not learn about Asberger's Syndrome until he was 40 years old, and had already worked out how to approach life with his own personal palette of strengths and weaknesses.
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