Autistic Voices

Essays, guides, memoirs, and autobiographies written by autists.

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Updated June 20, 2023
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Non-Fiction and Fiction books written by Autistic BIPOC authors.
Sensory : life on the spectrum : an autistic comics anthology
A colourful and eclectic comics anthology exploring a wide range of autistic experiences - from diagnosis journeys to finding community - from contributors with autism. From artist and curator Bex Ollerton comes an anthology featuring comics from thirty autistic...
The reason I jump : the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism
Higashida, Naoki 1992-
"One of the most remarkable books I've ever read. It's truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid."--Jon Stewart, The Daily Show NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * The Wall Street Journal * Bloomberg Business * Bookish
Autism in heels : the untold story of a female life on the spectrum
O'Toole, Jennifer Cook
The face of autism is changing. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with...
Funny, you don't look autistic : a comedian's guide to life on the spectrum
McCreary, Michael 1996-
Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism "looks" different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder...
Same but different : teen life on the autism express
Peete, Holly Robinson 1964-
Actress and activist Holly Robinson Peete pairs with her twins in this narrative about the challenges and triumphs of being a teen who has autism and the effects on family, school, friends, and life.Being a teen is hard enough. But when you have autism--or when your brother or sister is...
Born on a blue day : inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant : a memoir
Tammet, Daniel 1979-
Born on a Blue Day is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today -- guided by its owner himself. Daniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a...
The electricity of every living thing : a woman's walk in the wild to find her way home
May, Katherine
The New York Times bestselling author of Wintering writes a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace with our own unquiet minds . . .   In anticipation of her 38th birthday,...
How to be human : an autistic man's guide to life
Fleming, Jory
An unforgettable, unconventional narrative that examines the many ways to be fully human, told by the first young adult with autism to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. As a child, Jory Fleming was wracked by uncontrollable tantrums, had no tolerance for...
Look me in the eye : my life with Asperger's
Robison, John Elder.
Look Me in the Eye is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Aspergers at a time when the diagnosis simply didnt exist. A born storyteller, Robison takes readers inside the head of a boy who teachers and other adults regarded as defective. Its a strange, sly, indelible account; sometimes...
Wintering : the power of rest and retreat in difficult times
May, Katherine
THE RUNAWAY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - AS HEARD ON NPR MORNING EDITION AND ON BEING WITH KRISTA TIPPETT "Katherine May opens up exactly what I and so many need to hear but haven't known how to name." --Krista Tippett, On Being "Every bit...
Switched on : a memoir of brain change and emotional awakening
Robison, John Elder
An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST<...
Raising Cubby : a father and son's adventures with Asperger's, trains, tractors, and high explosives
Robison, John Elder.
The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad's relationship with his equally offbeat son--complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn't a model dad...
Thinking in pictures : and other reports from my life with autism
Grandin, Temple.
The captivating subject of Oliver Sack'sAnthropologist on Mars, here is Temple Grandin's personal account of living with autism extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours. Temple Grandin is renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. ...

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