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American Normal: The Hidden World of Asperger Syndrome

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Asperger's has never been clearly defined, bordering autism on one side and high intelligence and verbal eccentricity on the other. The disease is a kind of cultural lightning rod. First, it's a condition onto which we project the very real and well-founded fears of social isolation inherent in mental illness. But also attached to it is a kind of admiration and envy and (a ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 4th 2002 by Copernicus Books (first published 2002)
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Lynne
Mar 31, 2008 Lynne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in human variety
Recommended to Lynne by: Listened to interview with the author
This was an odd book...not sure exactly what to make of it...there is a voyeurish quality about it...with the visits to one unusual person after another. I am interested in Asberger's syndrome and came away with a confirmation of something I have always believed...that each person deserves to be accepted for who he/she is. I was interested in the distinction between "neurotypicals" and "others" and the idea that any differences are culturally molded, even ones that seem to be hardwired.
Jonathan Karmel
I enjoyed this quirky account of the lives of a bunch of people with Asperger's syndrome, written by a person who probably has it himself. He seems to suggest that we might be better off viewing people as interesting and eccentric rather than diagnosing them with a mental disorder.
Jessica
i couldn't even finish it. didn't like the writing style.
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