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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (21 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849057575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849057578
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have been a fan of Cynthia Kim's blog, Musings of an Aspie, for many years. This book has everything I've come to expect from her blog and more. Poignant and practical by turns, and always insightful, this book is a must read for anyone trying to get a better understanding of autism. -- Lynne Soraya, blogger for Psychology Today and author of Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum In this honest and beautifully articulate book, Cynthia Kim reflects back on her life before and after her recent diagnosis, and she describes how her diagnosis helped her to gain a new understanding of herself and events in her past. The book is packed full of useful tips for others with Asperger's, and her own experiences with marriage and raising a child provide a valuable perspective which is both eye opening and a real pleasure to read. -- Elisabeth Hurley, PhD, Research Officer, Autism West Midlands, UK Cynthia Kim unequivocally captures the true essence of what it means to be autistic! What it means to be me! She helps you understand yourself, which enables you to struggle less with yourself and life. There's no doubt about it that Aspies are complex. Kim addresses all facets of what makes us different head-on. From shutting down to contentment and peace, it's all covered in this eye-opening account of living with Asperger's. Insight and advice follow each section for a clear and concise plan to help in your everyday life. -- Anita Lesko, BSN,RN,MS,CRNA, internationally recognized Autism Advocate, author of Been There. Done That. Try This!, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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I have been a fan of Cynthia Kim's blog, Musings of an Aspie, for many years. This book has everything I've come to expect from her blog and more. Poignant and practical by turns, and always insightful, this book is a must read for anyone trying to get a better understanding of autism. (Lynne Soraya, blogger for Psychology Today and author of Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum)

In this honest and beautifully articulate book, Cynthia Kim reflects back on her life before and after her recent diagnosis, and she describes how her diagnosis helped her to gain a new understanding of herself and events in her past. The book is packed full of useful tips for others with Asperger's, and her own experiences with marriage and raising a child provide a valuable perspective which is both eye opening and a real pleasure to read. (Elisabeth Hurley, PhD, Research Officer, Autism West Midlands, UK)

Cynthia Kim unequivocally captures the true essence of what it means to be autistic! What it means to be me! She helps you understand yourself, which enables you to struggle less with yourself and life. There's no doubt about it that Aspies are complex. Kim addresses all facets of what makes us different head-on. From shutting down to contentment and peace, it's all covered in this eye-opening account of living with Asperger's. Insight and advice follow each section for a clear and concise plan to help in your everyday life. (Anita Lesko, BSN,RN,MS,CRNA, internationally recognized Autism Advocate, author of Been There. Done That. Try This!, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

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There are plenty of books about Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome that are geared towards the family of a child - or towards the child. It would be safe to say that these books have been and still are a huge help either on the way to formal diagnosis or as a kind of aftercare reading. If ASD or AS is diagnosed earlier in the child's life, support and help is out there and can be given to ensure that the child can have a manageable life and blossom out in their work and career - well, that's what I hope for with all my heart!

However, for those who are considerably older (and female - just ask Susan Boyle), ASD and AS is not only a very difficult thing to come to terms with, there are few books about adults with ASD...and Cynthia Kim has written this timely book to tell it like it is and like it has been for her life.

I'm writing as someone who is awaiting a formal diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (and I'm roughly the same age as the author).

The title of this book is as spot on as the contents are superb. I'm reading it slowly because there are so many things that Cynthia Kim has written about which has (and still does) resonate with me, that feels as though Cynthia and I are ''spiritually'' separated at birth! I can't help stopping after each paragraph to either nod my head in agreement with her or wipe the tears from my eyes - or, more often than not, I find myself doing both!

As at the time of writing, I'm still in the process of reading it and it's like finding a friend who actually knows what you are going through instead of the rest of the world playing judge, jury and executioner because you are somewhat, um, ''different'' and ... what the title of the book says!
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I have much in common with Cynthia Kim. I like martial arts, and studied them extensively years ago. I run for exercise. I enjoy my own company. And I was diagnosed with Aspergers this summer at age 43.

Looking back on your life, and reviewing from a different perspective is enlightening, as well as empowering. Cynthia offers the benefit of her research on aspergers as well as her life experiencing it. As well as understanding, the book is peppered with practical hints on tips on everything from relationships, to managing your workload and bringing up toddlers. Unlike many other Aspergers books on the markets, this isn't laden with an undercurrent of doom and gloom, instead there's acceptance, and even positivity, which was a refreshing change.

Aspergers can be disabling, there's no doubt about that. But one of the best ways to get by that is to understand it, and this book is an excellent tool in that quest.
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It is a book written in simple and plain language. The content is very well explained with the author's own personal experiences as examples. Reading this brought back many memories of my childhood confusions; and understanding the why's has really been a relief. It covers all aspects of living as an aspie and offers practical solutions for difficult situations.
After reading this book, I've also started reading her blog "Musings of an Aspie", which is also fun and inspiring.
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I am autistic, I am in my 40s and was diagnosed a few years ago. Nerdy Shy and Socially Inappropriate has large sections which match my life so well that it made me feel not just that others have Aspergers, but that some share something very close to 'My Aspergers. There is so much in this book that was useful to me, from confirming my experiences and struggles, to providing ways I might make aspects of my life easier. Some of it challenged me as there are areas of my autism that I had not realised I was not managing well.

It is so nice to have a book written in a very readable style, by someone who knows a lot about the research into Aspergers but who is also writing from the inside, about their experience. This is what sets this book apart and makes it so valuable.

My copy of this book is now working its way round the family so they can better understand the person they have known for decades.
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First Aspie book I've read in the lead up to diagnosis assessment. It walked the line between dry facts and studies and personal experience in a perfect way that made it neither fluffy nor boring. I would definitely recommend. I read it cover to cover in 2 days. It normally takes me a week or so to get through a book. Thank you Cynthia Kim! I feel less terrified after this read.
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This is the best book giving an honest account of Aspergers in women that I have read. And I have read a lot! I have just finished reading it for the 4th time since I bought it earlier this year, and every time it gives me new insight into the behaviour, and reasons behind it, of myself and other women with Aspergers. Her writing is honest and easy to read, yet manages to delve into issues which other books don't, such as the impact of having Aspergers as you approach menopause. As a woman who was diagnosed in her late 30's, I relate to so much of what is written in this book, and have found it immeasurably helpful. Thankyou Cynthia x
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My daughter, who has AS, really connected to everything in this book and found it very helpful. Well worth reading.
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