Multcolib My Librarian Karen S: Don’t look me in the eye
Annotation:Naoki Higashida shares what life is like inside his mind, inviting you to imagine what it would be like, for instance, if sounds and smells barraged your senses all at once,
Annotation:This light and humorous story features Don Tillman, a scientist whose poor social skills, idiosyncrasies and literalness have led to a lonely life. He decides he needs a wife and designs an exacting (but to most eyes, absurd) questionnaire for prospective mates.
Annotation:When Jacob Hunt is accused of murder, all of the hallmarks of his Asperger's syndrome begin to make him look guilty. Picoult takes her time developing her characters and offers deep insights into their thoughts, slowing down the story but painting a total picture of live with and around Asperger's.
Annotation:Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog. Told entirely from Christopher's point of view, this is the book that others dealing with the autism spectrum must measure up to.
Annotation:Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome, is forced to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm. Getting close to a girl and discovering a breach of ethics further threaten his equilibrium.
Annotation:Donald, and Isabelle fall in love when Isabelle joins the autism support group Donald leads. The actors met with their real-life counterparts to prepare for this touching but realistic movie.
Annotation:Temple Grandin, living with autism, is perhaps unique in her ability to describe how her mind works. Not only that, but she is well know for how she's turned her way of thinkingito personal advantage.
Annotation:By the time John Robison was a teenager, his odd habits had earned him the label "social deviant." He went on to design guitars for the band KISS, but really couldn't figure out why he still couldn't connect with other people--until he was diagnosed with Asperger's.
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Persons living with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism have become more prominent, and hopefully, accepted, in television and movies. A hot book this year, The Rosie Project, has been optioned for a movie. Want to know more about what makes this segment of our society tick? Try this selection of fiction, memoirs and movies. Karen S