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Look Me in the Eye Growing up was a mystifying experience for John Elder Robison, a bright kid unable to grasp even the most basic social skills — a condition he...Look Me in the EyeMemoir, Nonfiction Growing up was a mystifying experience for John Elder Robison, a bright kid unable to grasp even the most basic social skills — a condition he...2007-10-01Crown
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Look Me in the Eye

Genre: Memoir, Nonfiction; Author: John Elder Robison; Publisher: Crown

Growing up was a mystifying experience for John Elder Robison, a bright kid unable to grasp even the most basic social skills — a condition he later learned was a form of autism called Asperger’s. Also: His father drank, his mom spent time in an institution, and his brother — whom he named ”Varmint” — was shipped off to live with a crackpot shrink. Dysfunction seems to run in the family. (So does talent: Varmint renamed himself Augusten Burroughs.) Look Me in the Eye is a fantastic life story (highlights include building guitars for Kiss) told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality.