Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening

Spiegel & Grau #ad - Would normalizing the brains of those who think differently reduce their motivation for great achievement?”—Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain “At the heart of Switched On are fundamental questions of who we are, of difference and disability and free will, of where our identity resides, which are brought into sharp focus by Robison’s lived experience.

Graeme simsion, author of The Rosie Effect. Robison takes readers for a ride through the thorny thickets of neuroscience and leaves us wanting more. The washington post “fascinating for its insights into Asperger’s and research, this engrossing record will make readers reexamine their preconceptions about this syndrome and the future of brain manipulation.

Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening #ad - Booklist“like books by andrew solomon and Oliver Sacks, Switched On offers an opportunity to consider mental processes through a combination of powerful narrative and informative medical context. Bookpage “a mind-blowing book that will force you to ask deep questions about what is important in life.

. However, this newfound insight brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. Switched on is a real-life flowers for algernon, a fascinating and intimate window into what it means to be neurologically different, and what happens when the world as you know it is upended overnight. But what if we’ve been wrong all this time? what if that “missing” emotional insight was there all along, locked away and inaccessible in the mind? In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome.

Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the extraordinary story of what happened next.


Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers

Broadway Books #ad - In each story, he offers practical advice for anyone who feels “different” on how to improve the weak communication and social skills that keep so many people from taking full advantage of their often remarkable gifts. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact.

By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In be different, and young adult years, adolescence, New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye shares a new batch of endearing stories about his childhood, giving the reader a rare window into the Autistic mind.

Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers #ad - In his bestselling memoir,  look me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. With his trademark honesty and unapologetic eccentricity, and when to embrace eccentricity• how to identify special gifts and use them to your advantageEvery person has something unique to offer the world, Robison addresses questions like:• How to read others and follow their behaviors when in uncertain social situations• Why manners matter• How to harness your powers of concentration to master difficult skills• How to deal with bullies• When to make an effort to fit in, and every person has the capacity to create strong, loving bonds with their friends and family.

Be different will help readers and those they love find their path to success.


Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives

Crown #ad - One thing was clear, though: by the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant and curious chemist—smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring federal agents calling. Diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes.

Did cubby have asperger’s too? The answer was unclear. Still, cubby seemed to be turning out pretty well,  at least until school authorities decided that he was dumb and stubborn—the very same thing John had been told as a child. The slyly funny, tall tales, homemade explosives, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son—complete with fast cars, and a whole lot of fun and trouble  John Robison was not your typical dad.

Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives #ad - With cubby facing a felony trial—and up to sixty years in prison—both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally accepting that being “on the spectrum” is both a challenge and a unique gift. Instead of a speech about the birds and the bees, he told his son, Cubby, that he'd bought him at the Kid Store—and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would “do all chores.

While other parents played catch with their kids, John taught Cubby to drive the family's antique Rolls-Royce.


Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

Broadway Books #ad - A born storyteller, robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. New york times bestseller • “as sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's #ad - From the foreword by augusten burroughs ever since he was young, and dig five-foot holes and stick his younger brother, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, dismantle radios, Augusten Burroughs, John Robison longed to connect with other people, avoid eye contact, but by the time he was a teenager, in them—had earned him the label “social deviant.

It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.


Lost in the Reflecting Pool: A Memoir

She Writes Press #ad - Award-winning memoir 2017 readers’ favoritewhen Diane, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, a psychologist, there is laughter and flowers—and also darkness. A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman's struggle to survive within—and ultimately break free of—a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.

What diane previously thought were just Charles' controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism.

Lost in the Reflecting Pool: A Memoir #ad - After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, however, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered.


Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights

Blackstone Publishing #ad - Will he ever escape violence and hatred?Judy faces her own struggles: Alepho and his fellow refugees need jobs, housing, education, and healthcare. Readers experience alepho’s discomfort, fears, and triumphs in a way that a newscast can’t convey. The teenaged “lost boys of sudan”—who’d traveled barefoot and starving for a thousand miles—needed a little mothering and a change of scenery: a trip to the zoo, perhaps, or maybe the beach.

Partnered through a mentoring program in San Diego, these two individuals from opposite sides of the world began an eye-opening journey that radically altered each other’s vision and life. Disturbed in their nests recounts the first year of this heartwarming partnership; the initial misunderstandings, the growing trust, and, ultimately, their lasting friendship.

Why does she feel so compelled and how much support should she provide?The migrant crises in the Middle East, Central America, and Africa, Europe, have put refugees in the headlines. Countless human tragedies are reduced to mere numbers. Money, he’d been told, was given to you in pillows. Machines did all the work.

Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights #ad - Personal stories such as Alepho’s add a face to the news and lead to greater understanding of the strangers among us. Their contrasting points of view provide of-the-moment insight into what refugees face when torn from their own cultures and thrust into entirely foreign ones. Alepho struggles to understand the fast-paced, supersized way of life in America.


Unblinded: One Man's Courageous Journey Through Darkness to Sight

Morgan James Publishing #ad - Unblinded is the true story of new yorker Kevin Coughlin, who became blind at age thirty-six due to a rare genetic disorder known as Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Twenty years later, without medical intervention, Kevin’s sight miraculously started to return. He is the only known person in the world who has experienced a spontaneous, non-medically assisted, regeneration of the optic nerve.

Unblinded: One Man's Courageous Journey Through Darkness to Sight #ad - Unblinded follows Kevin’s descent into darkness, and his unexplained reemergence to sight.


He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him

Broadway Books #ad - The result of his extraordinary record and her journey to bring his name to light is He Wanted the Moon, an unforgettable testament to the reaches of the mind and the redeeming power of a determined heart. Perry baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Mimi baird grew up never fully knowing this story, as her family went silent about the father who had been absent for most of her childhood.

. By the time the results of his groundbreaking experiments were published, Dr. Baird had been institutionalized multiple times, his medical license revoked, and his wife and daughters estranged. Soon to be a major motion picture, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, from Brad Pitt and Tony KushnerA Washington Post Best Book of 2015A mid-century doctor's raw, and his daughter's attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own.

He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him #ad - Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Dr. This remarkable document, presents a startling portrait of a man who was a uniquely astute observer of his own condition, reflecting periods of both manic exhilaration and clear-headed health, struggling with a disease for which there was no cure, racing against time to unlock the key to treatment before his illness became impossible to manage.

Fifty years after being told her father would forever be “ill” and “away, ” Mimi Baird set off on a quest to piece together the memoir and the man. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself.

In time her fingers became stained with the lead of the pencil he had used to write his manuscript, why he disappeared, as she devoted herself to understanding who he was, and what legacy she had inherited.


Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum

Skyhorse #ad - Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but--more importantly--as a thoroughly modern woman. Beyond being a memoir, Autism in Heels is a love letter to all women. A game changer. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism’s most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole.

And a firsthand account of what it is to walk in Jennifer's shoes especially those iconic red stilettos. Whether it's bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer's is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum. Because autism "looks a bit different in pink, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, " most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, and stunted independence.

Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum #ad - Autism in Heels takes that message to the mainstream. From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women the world over to realize they aren't mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles. At the age of thirty-five, and for the first time in her life, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, things made sense.

It’s a conversation starter. Jennifer has been there, too.


No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis

Odyssey Books #ad - Along the way, he looks for answers to how we can better respond to the emerging global humanitarian crisis. Meeting young entrepreneurs striving to build their businesses, listening to tribal leaders give unvarnished views of foreign aid or negotiating the release of a kidnapped colleague, this riveting work brings the reader into the global humanitarian crisis while engaging with questions of cultural imperialism, Western aid models and foreign interventions.

No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis #ad - What happens to aid projects after the money is spent? or the people and communities once the media spotlight has left?No Dancing, No Dancing follows the return journey of a former aid worker back to the site of three major humanitarian crises--South Sudan, Iraq and East Timor--in search of what happened to the people and projects.


Too Soon to Say Goodbye

Random House #ad - His humor is a road map to essential truths and insights that might otherwise have eluded us. Tom brokawwhen doctors told art Buchwald that his kidneys were kaput, the renowned humorist declined dialysis and checked into a Washington, D. C. Hospice to live out his final days. Months later, “the man who wouldn’t die” was still there, holding court in a nonstop “salon” for his family and dozens of famous friends, feeling good, and confronting things you usually don’t talk about before you die; he even jokes about them.

Buchwald also shares his sorrows: coping with an absent mother, childhood in a foster home, and separation from his wife, Ann. But art has never been just about the quick laugh. He describes how he and a few of his famous friends finagled cut-rate burial plots on Martha’s Vineyard and how he acquired a Picasso drawing without really trying.

He plans his funeral with a priest, and billy graham, a rabbi, to cover all the bases and strategizes how to land a big obituary in The New York Times “Make sure no head of state or Nobel Prize winner dies on the same day”. What we have here is a national treasure, living life to the fullest, dignity, the complete Buchwald, with frankness, uncertain of where the next days or weeks may take him but unfazed by the inevitable, and humor.

Too Soon to Say Goodbye #ad - . Here buchwald shares not only his remarkable experience—as dozens of old pals from ethel Kennedy to John Glenn to the Queen of Swaziland join the party—but also his whole wonderful life: his first love, his fourteen champagne years in Paris, an early brush with death in a foxhole on Eniwetok Atoll, fame as a columnist syndicated in hundreds of newspapers, and his incarnation as hospice superstar.

Art buchwald has given his friends, their families, and his audiences so many laughs and so much joy through the years that that alone would be an enduring legacy.