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No You Don't: Essays from an Unstrange Mind

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This collection of raw, honest, emotional essays describe the pitfalls and joys of an autistic life. The author is a popular autistic blogger and her title essay, No You Don't, won her a loyal readership who admired her courage to share some of the darkest, most difficult times in her life. This collection includes that essay and one other popular essay that was published ...more
Kindle Edition, 77 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Unstrange Publications
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Michael Jr.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first approached No You Don't, I wasn't sure what to expect. I've read a number of autism memoirs, novels about us, and monographs that purported to tell “the story” of our condition, both as research for my own books and as a way of attempting to understand myself and my relationship to society as a whole. In every case, I have found other autism books to be missing some key element of the discussion, either because they try too hard to generalize from a few anecdotes to an entire popula ...more
Chloe
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really beautiful and I found it to be highly relatable. I really enjoy their writing and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about autism.
Jacqueline Hopkins
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very Enlightening. My only experience with autism is from what I've seen on TV and movies. Ms Jones does a superb job of explaining to the layman what everyone should know about people with autism. I recommend this book to all teachers so they not only have a better understanding of children in their classroom with autism, but a better understanding of how children treat each other and children of autism. It should be in every classroom around the world. I highly recommend everyone read this ver ...more
Cynthia Kim
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autism
As an autistic woman, I found myself nodding at so many of the revelations in this book. The writing is courageous and honest and unflinching, but never depressing or self-pitying. Sparrow has a gift for revealing the big picture through details, giving the reader glimpses into her life at key moments and then letting the reader draw their own conclusions.

While the essays in this collection will give any reader - autistic or not - insight into the experience of being autistic, the title essay in
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Emily
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absorbing and touching read

I found this extremely well written and hard to put down. I am also following the unstrange mind blog and look forward to hearing more from this author.
Megan
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quick and enjoyable read. This was a series of candid biographical essays from an autistic author. Useful for getting a first-person account of an individual's attempt to understand how autism (and not knowing about her diagnosis during youth) has shaped her life experiences.
P.D. Workman (Pamela)
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Don't be put off by the word "essays"! These are not dry, academic articles. They are enjoyable, engaging, and insightful. Sparrow allows us into her mind and her world and makes us a part of her life. Thank you, I look forward to your future works.
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Honest, enlightening & sometimes painful to read, but always beautiful. I'm so glad I found this.
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