Look Me in the Eye

John Elder Robison, Author, John Elder Robison, Read by, Augusten Burroughs, Foreword by
John Elder Robison, Author, John Elder Robison, Read by, Augusten Burroughs, Foreword by , read by the author. Random House Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-5768-2
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Although this memoir deals with some dark topics—including Asperger's syndrome, family alcoholism and mental illness—debut author Robison maintains a keen humor and sense of dramatic irony throughout. The gravelly voiced Robison proves to be a capable storyteller, whether describing the pranks he used to play on his much younger brother (Augusten Burroughs, who reads his foreword) or the relief of finally being diagnosed with Asperger's in middle age after a lifetime of social isolation and relatively odd behaviors. Robison is a vocal and emphatic advocate for Asperger's, which he insists is not a disease but a different—and sometimes better—neurology. Asperger's gave Robison a single-minded ability to focus on his love of electronics, giving him a place in the world as the wizard behind Kiss's smoking and flaming guitars or, later in life, a gift for diagnosing and fixing high-end imported cars. This memoir is highly entertaining and the abridgment is smoothly edited. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, July 9). (Oct.)

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