5 ideas for books on autism to read during the vacations
Published: 06 October 2023
There are lots of great books about autism to choose from, but we’ve put together a list of five that are perfect for the vacations. This list includes fiction, true stories and testimonials, so there’s usually something for everyone.
Without further ado, here is our selection:
"Do you know why I jump?" by Naoki Higashida
Who said autistic people shut themselves up in a bubble? That they are insensitive, indifferent to the outside world? Thirteen-year-old Naoki, a non-verbal autistic, shakes our prejudices to their foundations… For the first time, a child tells the story of autism from the inside. It answers the questions parents ask: why do you avoid eye contact? Is it true that you hate being touched? Why do you keep asking the same question over and over? Why are you jumping up and down clapping your hands? Having learned to communicate using an alphabetical grid, Naoki first published his book on the Internet. An original story full of emotion.
"NeuroTribus: Autism: a plea for neurodiversity" by Steve Silberman
A New York Times bestseller and an international critical and public success, NeuroTribus dismantles preconceived notions about autism.What is autism? A developmental disorder, a mental handicap or a natural cognitive difference, often related to certain forms of genius? All this and much more. In unveiling the history of autism, investigative journalist Steve Silberman offers an unprecedented and captivating story.
"Look me in the eye: my life with Asperger's Syndrome" by John Elder Robison
John Robison has always dreamed of communicating with others. But his tendency to utter strange phrases, never look people in the eye and dismantle radio sets soon earned him the label of “social misfit”.
"The Invisible Difference" by Mademoiselle Caroline and Julie Dachez
Marguerite is 27 years old, and on the surface nothing distinguishes her from the others. She’s pretty, bright and intelligent. She works in a large company and lives with her partner. Marguerite feels out of place and struggles every day to keep up appearances. His gestures are immutable, verging on the manic. Its environment must be a cocoon. She feels assaulted by the noise and incessant chatter of her colleagues. Tired of this state of affairs, she sets out to find herself and discovers that she has Asperger’s autism. His life will be profoundly changed.
"The Speed of Darkness" by Elizabeth Moon
There’s the speed of light, which everyone has heard of, and which the greatest scientists have worked on. But what about the speed of darkness? Lou Arrendale knows she exists, that she’s just as worthy, and maybe even more so. But no one listens to Lou. Because Lou is autistic. Thanks to his gift for mathematics, he enjoys an excellent position in a pharmaceutical company and leads an independent life. But the offer to test an experimental treatment that is supposed to reverse the effects of autism in adults comes as a surprise. disrupt his well-adjusted existence.
All you have to do is make your choice and head for your favourite bookshop!