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I think it is really important to support and encourage authors from the autistic spectrum. I think we are the best people to educate others as to how we experience the world.

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Gunilla Gerland
Temple Grandin

Thinking In Pictures: Autism

This is a deeply fascinating book, providing so much food for thought that I could only handle it in short bursts without getting a headache. This is Temple Grandin writing about Autism, drawing on her life experiences and professional knowledge. For a book that contains so much information it flows extremely well and is a good read, but I think most casual readers would find it a bit much. Having said that, anyone with a strong interest in this subject should read this book, and I would be surprised if they didn't find it most rewarding. My only criticism is that the author has a tendency to describe her own experiences as if they are the definitive autistic experience rather than emphasising their unique and personal nature, and I found that a bit annoying at times.

Will Hadcroft

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Alison Hale

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My World is Not Your World

Alison describes her experience of life as she goes through the education system, trying to make sense of her world and developing strategies for coping. Only gradually does she discover, first that she has dyslexia, then later Scotopic sensitivity syndrome, and finally Asperger Syndrome. She makes many excellent points, but what I like about this book best of all is that it successfully communicates how important it is to recognise that not everybody experiences the world in the same way. You don't have to identify with everything or even anything in this book to get that message. Written in a cool, crisp, logical way, I found this both thought provoking and interesting.

Charles Martel Hale Jr.

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Kenneth Hall

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Liane Holliday-Willey

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Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger Syndrome

This was the first book written by someone else with Asperger syndrome that I ever read. I was drawn by the title. At the time I enjoyed it and found it very helpful, but having read many other books since I find it a little bland in comparison. That's not to say that I don't still think is a good read, because it is.  It also has several very practical and useful appendices covering subjects like disclosure, coping strategies, and organisation. Ultimately I think this is book for the most able and adapted, those who have found their niche, those for whom the outward signs of AS are fading with age... those for whom 'pretending to be normal' works. Mothers who suspect themselves AS after the diagnosis of a child, or parents who are interested in glimpsing some of the potential of adults with Asperger syndrome may also find it worthwhile.

Coral Hull

Ppinder Hundal

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Luke Jackson

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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

Luke is a star. It is good to know that there is a book like this that teenagers with AS would find useful and accessible. I suspect though the market this book is aimed at is parents, and that often seemed to be who Luke was addressing. I could make a cutting comment about how I think parents should be listening to their own kids if they want to understand them better, and I guess I just have, but I know that is not always possible. Luke explains things clearly and sensibly, and this is as good a book as any for anyone of any age to read as an introduction to Asperger syndrome or to try and gain better understanding of an other. I hope Luke continues writing as he gets older.

Nita Jackson

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Standing Down, Falling Up: Asperger Syndrome from the Inside Out

This book doesn't shy away from the horror that living with Asperger syndrome can sometimes be in some circumstances and situations. I found it brought back some uncomfortable memories for me, but that is not necessarily something to avoid. It is honest and frank, but warm and charming also. Nita is a very interesting character. I have seen her interviewed on local news, and she's not kidding when she describes the different accents she speaks with either.

Wendy Lawson
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Patrick McCabe

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Thomas A. McKean

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Roger N. Meyer

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Jean Kearns Miller
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Women from Another Planet? Our Lives in the Universe of Autism

This fascinating collection of writings by autistic women is perhaps the best value read for women wanting to find out what they have in common with others on the spectrum, but could still be interesting for anyone wanting to get an insight. Sharing experiences, feelings, conversations, and poetry in a frank and thought provoking way, this book has a charming and refreshing honesty that perhaps autistic people are best capable of and most likely to appreciate. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a very worthwhile read.

Chris Mitchell

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Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

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Midori Ochiai

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Jasmine Lee O'Neill

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Through the Eyes of Aliens

I will struggle to find words to describe this book, though I can say I think it is beautiful and it is one of my favourites. This is such a lovely, strong, positive look at the autistic experience. It is practical and well informed, realistic, and yet inspirational. I don't know what else to say other than read it, and perhaps a warning... during and after reading this book I felt so much more relaxed and comfortable about being me that I felt even more disconnected than ever from the neurotypical people with whom I must share my life. This book is not just a book for autistic people though... it will give invaluable insight and advice to anyone who wants to see 'through the eyes of aliens'.

Jerry & Mary Newport

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Your Life is Not a Label

This is a positive book about how to live a full life with Asperger syndrome, covering both the practical and emotional aspects of independent living... encouraging people to take responsibility and not make excuses. While I think it contains a lot of useful advice and much truth that people need to hear, I suspect that for many of the people who would benefit from hearing it the most these strong words would sting like vinegar. When you are a person with low self-esteem and learnt helplessness sometimes having someone tell you to love yourself and not give up is difficult to take. If you are ready to hear it though, this book is a refreshing and empowering read.

Jessica Peers

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Asparagus Dreams

Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 12 and sent away to a residential school for young people with autism, this is the tale of the next 5 years of her life, the characters she meets, the emotional struggles she faces, and her rebellion against a misguided and inflexible system. However, Jessica makes clear herself in the introduction that this book is not about naming and shaming people from her past. Names are changed, characters are composite, and she describes the experiences rather than the events, in a way that I at least found meaningful and compelling. My only disappointment was reaching the end and still wanting to know what happened next.

Dawn Prince-Hughes

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Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism

This is not just another autistic auto-biography. In talking about her life the author is also talking about her work with and her experiences of Gorillas, and what she has learned from them, creating as a result a thoughtful and intelligent book not just about one person but about what it is to be autistic and what it is to be human. I really like this but am not sure how to put the rest of what I think about it into words, so I will just say - highly recommended.

Jeanette Purkis

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Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures With Asperger Syndrome

The author has succeeded in describing her life before she knew she had Asperger Syndrome and resisting the temptation to apply retrospective wisdom, capturing perfectly what it is like to see everything going wrong in your life and not knowing why. Neither does she shy away from dark thoughts and feelings... in that way most typical of people on the spectrum she is frank and honest, confronting the reader with sometimes harsh realities. A book like this should change you a little bit, and this one does. That said, this is still an accessible read and is ultimately very positive and hopeful. It proves that no matter how big a hole you get yourself in to or how desperate things may seem, there is always a way forward. I don't think you can underestimate what a big step it must have been for the author to talk so publicly about these most difficult times in her life, and hopefully her generosity in sharing her experiences will help others who have faced similar challenges.

Adriana Rocha

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Craig Romkema

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Clare Sainsbury

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Robert S. Sanders Jr.

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Edgar Schneider

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Living the Good Life with Autism

This is a deep and thoughtful book which looks at love, theology, politics and autism, through the eyes of Edgar Schneider, misdiagnosed with schizophrenia in middle age and only correctly diagnosed as autistic in retirement in 1995. In his first book, Discovering my Autism he tells of his life and how his diagnosis came about, and begins to explore some of the topics this second book covers in greater depth. I agree with him on some things and not on others, but I respect this book totally because I think autistic thought and philosophy has a place in emerging autistic culture. I enjoyed the gentle and reflective pace, and was very pleased to discover an interesting collection of appendices filled with recipes, sonnets, and brief explorations of metaphysics and ethics.

Birger Sellin

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Stephen Shore

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Christopher Slater-Walker

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William Stillman

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Donna Williams

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