Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic Girl
"This is a story of two battles, a battle to keep out 'the world' and a battle to join it."
She inhabits a place of chaos, cacophony, and dancing light--where physical contact is painful and sights and sounds have no meaning. Although labeled, at times, deaf, retarded, or disturbed, Donna Williams is autistic--afflicted by a baffling condition of heightened sensory...more
This is an incredible story of a woman with autism learning how to function in neurotypical society, and an intriguing look at the personal experiences of Autism Spectrum Disorders. I'll admit, though, that for anyone uninterested in autism, this memoir may fall flat, because ...more
If nothing else, the two sections after the conclusion of her story at the back, where she describes the meaning of her "language" and tips for interacting with and ...more
I found this one was not *quite* the "this is the book for me" as the continuation in Somebody Somewhere. I'm not really sure what kind of was "missing" here, or what was here which was "bothering" me. ...more
This is not to be surpassed by her next book [Somebody Somewhere:]. A must-read for anyone who is interested in the dynamic associations of perception and sensory processing conditions.
There are the food allergies. So in large measure this seems to be a physical issue.
She cannot make sense of things. Hence the need for remedial teaching.
And an emotional illness, meaning that true meaningful intimacy of any kind feels like death to her. Interestingly, being physically mentally and ...more
That said, so many of the reviews criticize her diagnosis, speculate about whether she has other conditions (in some cases, things that she was diagnosed with -- see her website), or want more "how ...more
It is not an easy book to read, both because of the topic and because of the writing style. Even so, I found many of the emotions and actions described in the book to be very recognizable.
I would recommend this book to other autistic people. If you read it with an open mind, I'm sure you'll find useful information in this book (even if your life isn't as extreme as that of the author).
I don't think I would recommend 'Nobody Nowhere' to neurotypical people as a ...more
“In the company of others my sense would cut off, and I would become so numb that, in order to experience something, I had to push myself to extreme limits.” (p. 28)
“The problem with my hearing was obviously one of a fluctuation in the awareness of sound. … it was as though awareness were a puppet, the strings of which were set firmly in the hands of emotional stress.” (p. 47)
“I could say what I thought, but the problem was I could not say what I ...more