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Publication Date: 2013
The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dads relationship with his equally offbeat soncomplete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble
John Robison was not your typical dad. Diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. Instead of a speech about the birds and the bees, he told his son, Cubby, that he'd bought him at the Kid Storeand that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would "do all chores." While other parents played catch with their kids, John taught Cubby to drive the family's antique Rolls-Royce. Still, Cubby seemed to be turning out pretty well, at least until school authorities decided that he was dumb and stubbornthe very same thing John had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Aspergers too? The answer was unclear.
One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant and curious chemistsmart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring federal agents calling. With Cubby facing a felony trialand up to sixty years in prisonboth father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally accepting that being "on the spectrum" is both a challenge and a unique gift.
JOHN ELDER ROBISON is the author of two previous books, the New York Times bestseller Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. He lectures widely on autism and neurological differences, and is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. John also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC and the National Institutes of Health. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his family, animals, and machines.
"Charming and wise…Part parenting guide, part courtroom drama, part catalog of the travails and surprising joys of life with the high-functioning form of autism called Aspergers syndrome, this memoir will offer all parentsbut particularly fathersa lot to think about. That its author was almost 40 when he learned he had Aspergers…and that he eventually learned his son had the condition as well, make their story more remarkable, but do nothing to diminish its relevance even for readers with no personal experience of autism...[Robisons] deadpan humor [is] in evidence throughout... Touching, sympathetic, and often insightful."
New York Times
"Robison ... sheds some light on how having Aspergers helped him cultivate an outlaw style of parenting...by turns hilarious, poignant, weird, shocking, and inspiring...This book will make you laugh, and make you think about how to parent a child who doesnt fit into the neat categories we expect our children to occupy."
"How does a man who lacks a sense of empathy and an ability to read nonverbal cues learn to be a father? And how does a man with Aspergers learn to recognize the same symptoms in his own child? (A key element in the book is Robisons sons own diagnosis, and Robisons reaction to his having missed seeing the signs for as long as he had.) In many ways, this is a traditional father-and-son memoir, but the added element of Aspergers gives the story a stronger emotional core: when Robison and his wife separated, for example, he realized he had been misreading a lot of what had been going on between them. Its a story of a man learning to be a parent, yes, but its alsoand perhaps more importantlythe story of a man discovering, as an adult, who he really is."
"John Elder Robison is one of my autism super heroes because he bravely brings humor and humility to the heart and soul of the taboo and unexpected corners of life lived with autism. His new book, Raising Cubby, is more than a memoir about a father and son bound by their Asperger syndrome. Its a story that reminds us how precious and precarious the parent child relationship is and how beautiful our lives can be when we are share that ride together. Raising Cubby is Robisons best work yet."
Liane Holliday-Willey, coauthor of Pretending To Be Normal: Living with Asperger Syndrome
"Funny and moving...A warmhearted, appealing account by a masterful storyteller."
"Robison's third book starts with a banghis description of the 'malicious explosion' created by his teenage Cubby that has the boy, who has Asperger's syndrome, looking at 60 years in prison, is as disconcerting as it is captivating....With the ensuing investigation and trial, Cubby and the author are drawn into a crazy world that threatens to tear apart their already delicate lives."
"John Elder Robison has written two books on his experience with Asperger's syndrome: Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. In Raising Cubby, he brings his warmth, intelligence and humor to an equally personal subject: his own son."