Friday 56 – Look Me In The Eye

look me in the eye aspergersThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

Today’s quote is from Look Me In The Eye, a memoir of growing up with Asperger’s before the diagnosis existed. (Varmint is his little brother.)

My parents often left me to watch the Varmint while they were out. But this time I was going, too. So I spoke to him before we left.

“Varmint, we’re all going out to talk about you with a shrink. I can’t stay with you because they want to ask me what to do. Come down here. We’ll chain you to the heating oil tank so you’ll be safe til we get back.”

“John Elder! Don’t you scare Chris like that. We have a babysitter for him.”

7 thoughts on “Friday 56 – Look Me In The Eye

  1. I loved this book! I think John Elder Robison is an even better writer than Augusten Burroughs, though I think they’re both talented. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check out “Parallel Play” by Tim Page, which is another great book by a writer with Asperger’s. 🙂

    • Excellent! I always love reading autistic authors. Every single one has at least one tidbit that helps me further understand how my husband thinks. (And the conversations that come out of those are always enlightening!) I’ll add that one to the list!

      • I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when I was seven and I actually feel like my social anxiety and ‘different’ behavior has worsened as I’ve gotten older. I like memoirs by people on the spectrum and novels with main characters who have similar types of conditions because a lot of books that have ASD characters just use them for the role of ‘difficult special needs sibling’ and don’t really give them much of a voice. If you haven’t read it already, I also recommend “Nobody Nowhere” by Donna Williams, though her condition was somewhat more severe than Tim Page’s and John Elder Robison’s.

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