A Life Well-Lived: Autism Books, Both Fiction and Fact
a book list by Meryl McQueen, linguist/poet/novelist and author of A Close Approximation of an Ordinary Life
Imagine landing on an alien planet (or in a foreign country), where every gesture and each subtle change in body language communicates things you can never hope to understand. Everyone around you seems to have hidden knowledge of ‘how to be.’ You don’t catch jokes, you misunderstand sarcasm, and you’re likely to suffer from social isolation because your brain is hardwired differently. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects up to 1 in 200 children. Even in its mildest form, Asperger’s Syndrome, autism present profound challenges and unique opportunities for people living with the condition and for their families and friends. This list traces some of the best fiction, memoir, and research about people with high-functioning autism.
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