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The Bookshelf

As I walk on my journey through understanding Asperger Syndrome and myself, I will be reading as much as possible on the subject. I’ll list books that I have read or am currently reading.

What I’ve Read

Pretending to Be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome

Pretending to Be Normal: Living With Asperger’s Syndrome
By Liane Holliday Willey
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (July 1999)
ISBN-13: 978-1853027499

How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move?

How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move? Inside My Autistic Mind
By Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
Arcade Publishing (January 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1559708593

What I’m Reading

Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety

Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety:
A Guide to Successful Stress Management

By Nick Dubin
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (March 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1843108955

Developing Talents, by Temple Grandin

Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
By Dr. Temple Grandin
Autism Asperger Publishing Company (March 2004)
ISBN-13: 978-1931282567

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook
By Roger N. Meyer
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (December 2000)
ISBN-13: 978-1853027963

The Ccomplete Guide to Asperger Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome
By Dr. Tony Attwood
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (hardcover ed. 2006, paperback May 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1843106692 (paperback); 978-1843104957 (hardcover)

Emergence: Labeled Autistic

Emergence: Labeled Autistic
By Dr. Temple Grandin
Warner Books (1996, 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-0446671828 (1996 ed.), 978-0446671828 (2005 ed.)

Comments on: "The Bookshelf" (9)

  1. Gambeli said:

    Another book you’ll want to read is
    Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight
    by Sharon Heller. ISBN 978-006-00195207 (2002)
    Gave me many, “Oh, yea, I do that … and that … ,” moments. LOL

  2. I recently read Aspergirls and it was fabulous O so hope you read it. It brought out a lot about the differences in females compared with male Aspies

    A novel The Speed of Dark is an interesting read about ASD people. It’s set in the future so is sci-fi but not intensely so.

    Lucy’s Story is an excellent book from a ASD person who has really been there. I find looking at the experiences of people who are more ASD than i am gets me in touch with my ASD parts which makes me more awake to them. That helps me deal with many parts of my experience that I have been unable to deal with the world. As i am more aware i can often figure out solutions.

    Thanks for writing this blog Keep it up We all need it

    • Hello Nora:

      I’m sorry I have been so late in responding! Thank you for your recommendations. I have been hearing a lot of good things about Aspergirls and I’m reading another one of Ms. Simone’s books right now, Asperger’s on the Job, which has proven to be an excellent resource so far. You gave me an idea when you mentioned Speed of Dark, since it’s a work of fictions. Perhaps the concept of the Bookshelf on this site could be expanded to include fiction books with positive portrayals of people on the spectrum or which are written in the voice of someone on the spectrum. Also, I have been wanting to form a good list and knowledge base of poets on the spectrum (especially since I’m interested in doing an Internet radio online open mic reading in the future either during Autism Awareness Month or for a future Autistics Speaking Day).

      Thanks for the comment and the suggestions. Stop by any time.


  3. Ron Hedgcock, (Australia) said:

    hello Nora,
    just got put onto your site. very interesting and stimulating. I must confess that I have till now belonged to the old school of ‘Aspies are non-empathic’. your essay on the matter was valuable. made me realize that I’m probably on a parallel path of rethinking, but hadnt got quite to the point that you are at. In my newly published book Confessions of an Unashamed Asperger, I suggest that a lot of the AS difficulty in getting across their own versions of emotions and other communications, is that we dont go about it, or express it all in the ‘normal’ fashion. whether NTs actually believe or trust each other, they actually appreciate each other and accept each other’s approach, because they commonly go about it all in much the same way. Aspies are on the other hand, not appreciated or their views respected, because the processes and fashion of expression does not appear to be the same as the NT ones. Empathic NTs are liked and respected on the other hand, because they clearly are going about the process of their empathy and expressing it all in the same or in similarly anticipated fashion that most NTs do, regardless of how right or wrong they are in the insights that result from their ‘Empathy’. Aspies go about so many aspects of life in a ‘different’ way, and consequently are not trusted. it is my contention that even disliked or ‘bad’ NTs are ‘understood’ or ‘accepted’ by their NT peers, however unwillingly, for the simple reason that they use and express the same processes.
    Keep up the good work, Ron H.

  4. Hello,
    I posted on your other blog page a few months ago. The book I reference to first seeing is the “Complete guide to Aspergers Syndrome” by Tony Attwood. I an currently reading Aspergirl by Rudy Simone. I have gotten half way through so far. It’s like reading my own diary but with some differences.

    • Hello Michelle:

      Thank you for mentioning the book you’d been reading — I was curious to know which book you’d been referring to when you first posted. I am meaning to read Aspergirls but I have literally not had the time to do any reading and reviewing of books like I’d originally intending I am hoping that after the new year I will be able to catch up on my reading.


  5. I do love talking about new things I learn so I’ll post a few cliff notes for everyone. If you like videos Tony Attwood also has a few you tube videos. I find I prefer the videos since I can observe the people speaking. One day I’ll make a few of my own to add to the masses. LOL.
    PS I’m still reading Aspergirls. LOL.

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