Autism awareness and 'Raising Cubby'

MANCHESTER - When John Elder Robison published his memoir, "Look Me in the Eye," in 2007, readers were given a window into the life of a man who spent 40 years knowing that he was different, but not knowing why. It was not until he learned that he had Asperger's syndrome - a diagnosis that made sense of his often peculiar behavior - that Robison emerged as a fully realized adult. Written with appealing honesty and dark humor, "Look Me in the Eye" quickly became a New York Times bestseller. He followed it up with "Be Different," in 2011, where he argued that Asperger's is about difference, not just disability, and offered new insights into the Aspergian mind.

Now, in his inspiring and hilarious new book, "Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives," Robison offers readers a father-son memoir like no other. By turns tender, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than just the story of an unapologetically eccentric dad raising his equally eccentric son. It's the story of a father and son who grow up together.

John Elder Robison 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. He also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and Autism Speaks. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Mass. with his family, animals, and machines.

Robison will be appearing at the Northshire Bookstore Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at


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