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John Elder Robison - Nézz ​a szemembe, fiam!
John ​Robison nem éppen hétköznapi apa. Gyermekkora óta antiszociális csodabogárnak könyvelték el - ezekről az évekről szól előző, szintén a Kossuth Kiadónál megjelent könyve, a Nézz a szemembe -, és negyvenéves volt, amikor Asperger-szindrómát diagnosztizáltak nála. Hogyan él egy férfi, aki folyamatosan összeütközésbe kerül a közösségi lét íratlan szabályaival, és aki képtelen értelmezni más emberek arckifejezését, mozdulatait? És hogyan éli meg az apaságot? Hogyan azonosítja gyermekénél ugyanezt a problémát, és hogyan oldják - vagy éppen nem oldják - meg együtt az ebből adódó problémákat.

John Elder Robison - Look ​Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
Ever ​since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent evenings pickling himself in sherry. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on. After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS, for whom he created their legendary fire-breathing guitars. Later, he drifted into a “real” job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be “normal” and do what he simply couldn’t: communicate. It wasn’t worth the paycheck. It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself—and the world. Look Me in the Eye is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. A born storyteller, Robison takes you inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as “defective,” who could not avail himself of KISS’s endless supply of groupies, and who still has a peculiar aversion to using people’s given names (he calls his wife “Unit Two”). He also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents—the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs and write the bestselling memoir Running with Scissors. Ultimately, this is the story of Robison’s journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner—repairing his beloved high-end automobiles. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien, yet always deeply human.

John Elder Robison - Be ​Different
In ​his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. 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, Robison shares a new batch of endearing stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind. In each story, he offers practical advice—for Aspergians and indeed 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. With his trademark honesty and unapologetic eccentricity, 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 when to embrace eccentricity • How to identify special gifts and use them to your advantage Every person, Aspergian or not, has something unique to offer the world, 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.

John Elder Robison - Nézz ​a szemembe
John ​Robison egészen kiskora óta vágyott arra, hogy az emberek szóba álljanak vele és minél többen vegyék körül. Különc szokásainak köszönhetően azonban – kerülte a szemkontaktust, előszeretettel mondott illetlen vagy nem oda való dolgokat, darabjaira szedte a rádiókat és másfél méteres lyukakat ásott a földbe, amelyekben az öccsét, Augusten Burroughs-t egrecíroztatta – kamaszkorára már mindenki antiszociális csodabogárnak könyvelte el. Negyvenéves volt, amikor az autizmus egyfajta megnyilvánulását, az Asperger-szindrómát diagnosztizálták nála. Ez a felismerés gyökeresen megváltoztatta a magáról és a világról addig alkotott képét. Önéletrajzi ihletésű könyvében Robison megindítóan és helyenként fekete humorral fűszerezve ír az életéről. Arról, miként jutott el oda, hogy a legendás KISS együttes füstokádó gitárjainak tervezőjéből mára felelős munkaadó és családapa lehessen. Különös, tekervényes történet az övé. Helyenként azt érezhetjük, mintha egy másik bolygóról jött volna. Legtöbbször viszont inkább azt, hogy ellenállhatatlanul és mélyen emberi.

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