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American Normal: The Hidden World of Asperger Syndrome

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Thomas Jefferson may have had it. The pianist Glenn Gould almost certainly had it. There are even those who insist (probably incorrectly) that Albert Einstein had it. Whether it is called "geek syndrome," "high-functioning autism," or simply "Asperger's," it is not just one of the most poorly understood of all neurological disorders, but amazingly one of the fastest-growin ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 4th 2002 by Copernicus Books (first published 2002)
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Jasmin Stanley
Jun 25, 2016 Jasmin Stanley rated it liked it
I feel like shouting, "I made it!"
Mr. Osborne can write, however, this account of interviews and popular historical figures mixed with psychatric data and personal opinion, I found exhausting. I wanted to like it more, but I must nap now.
Mar 31, 2008 Lynne rated it liked it
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
Jan 17, 2012 Jonathan Karmel rated it liked it
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.
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i couldn't even finish it. didn't like the writing style.
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Lawrence Osborne is a British novelist currently residing in New York City.

Osborne was educated at Cambridge and Harvard, and has since led a nomadic life, residing for years in France, Italy, Morocco, the United States, Mexico, Thailand and Istanbul.

He is the author of the novel Ania Malina, a book about Paris, Paris Dreambook, the essay collection The Poisoned Embrace, a controversial book about
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