Author: Donna William
This eloquently written autobiography by a woman diagnosed with high functioning autism provides a look at the world from her perspective. She describes the difficulty that she experiences in sustaining relationships with family members and others because of her difficulty with appreciating social nuances. Some descriptions of the risky encounters experienced by the author because of her difficulty setting limits with others are disturbing. The last chapter explaining the motives behind the authors’ more classical autism symptoms such as clapping and spinning is interesting for clinicians. The author has an imaginative quality in describing her view of the world that is sometimes difficult to follow. The book does not have the humor that balances some of the more disturbing descriptions and frankly is somewhat depressing.
Audience: Health care practitioners