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SAHM of 3 wonderful kids, one brilliant one Asperger Syndrome. This is not a living shrine to his disorder, but rather a place to share & discuss the different challenges that came with it and other things about parenting & life in general.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Be Different by John Elder Robison Book Review & Giveaway

I had the pleasure of being one of the first to read this book and gave it away last month.  After my dad, the last person skeptical of the disorder, loved the book, I decided to share it with another family. Also it is to celebrate the autism awareness month. This giveaway will end on April 30, 2011.

Leave a comment or share your story on this post. And/or you could follow me on twitter, that would be nice. I will pick one person from the comments and you will have the book in a week.  Be sure to leave your email for me to contact you if you win. This giveaway ends April 30, 2011. Good luck!

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My Review of "Be Different"

Have you wondered what it really meant to be wired differently? I have read many books that gave me the physiological difference and explanations, but nothing had given me such great insight to the mind of an Aspergian than John Elder Robison's new book "Be Different." So here goes my review.

This book offers great, practical advice to parents, teachers, and care-givers of Asperger kids. For me, the memorable part came when he covered aspie's lack of empathy.
"Don't worry, he doesn't even notice," he heard people around him say. And this was his response.

"I may seem robotic and mechanical sometimes, but there is nothing mechanical or cold about my internal feelings...I am just as sensitive as anyone to snide remarks and criticism. I cried inside fifty years ago, and I still do today."

Well, that's where I cringed. Even though I understood that my son's lack of empathy didn't equal to not having feelings, I did the something to my son. I didn't mean to brush him aside or make him feel invisible; I was just too used to having him not pay any attention to me and what was happening around him. Now, I truly am sorry.

Besides teaching me many good lessons, this book actually left feeling good. I put it down with the better knowledge of Asperger and a little more understanding of my son. As he told through this book, embracing being Asperger doesn't mean you can't be positive.

Okay, let me take off my "blogger" hat and say what's really on my mind. Obviously, there's so much more in this book which can't all be mentioned. I just like to say that I LOVE reading, mostly fiction. But this book was the most delicious non-fiction I've ever read, well, if non-fiction could be delicious. So go and buy a copy or better yet win it here! It's worth your time, I promise:)


  1. Sounds like a great read!! I am very much looking forward to reading it!

  2. This sounds like a great read. Thx for the opportunity to win maybe get to through winning it. mmstangerjunk (at) comcast (dot) net

  3. Congrats Michele. Email me your address for your book. Thanks.