Author(s): John Elder Robison
John Elder Robison (the brother of Augusten Burroughs of Running with Scissors fame) wasn't a model child. For those who read John's first book Look Me in the Eye, he was awkward in school; he ran away from home; he threatened people with knives. As an adult, he learned he had Asperger's syndrome, which explained a lot, and his youthful shenanigans made for riotous stories. But it wasn't so funny when his son, Cubby, started having trouble in school and seemed like he might be headed the same way. Not that John was a model dad, either. When Cubby asked, "Where did I come from?" John said he'd bought him at the Kid Store - and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would do chores. He ditched Good Night, Moon for stories he made up about nuclear-powered horses. He taught Cubby to drive at age twelve. Cubby turned out to have his father's intelligence but also some of his resistance to authority. At seventeen, he was brilliant enough in chemistry to make military-grade explosives, which led to a raid by the ATF. That woke John up to another thing he and Cubby shared: Asperger's syndrome. Reviews praised Look Me in the Eye for its quirky humour and well-told stories. It has attracted thousands of 'crossover' (non-Aspergian) readers This book will, too. This is an unforgettable memoir about a different boy being raised by a different father - and learning to cope with, even celebrate, the difference.
John Elder Robison is the author of Look Me in the Eye and Be Different.