Getting a Life with Asperger's

Getting a Life with Asperger’s

Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780399166686
  • 240  Pages
  • Perigee
  • Adult

Overview

Hard-won insights on transitioning into adulthood

Author, speaker, and autism advocate Jesse A. Saperstein knows a lot about living with Asperger’s. Diagnosed at the age of 14, Jesse has struggled, triumphed, flubbed, soared, educated, and inspired. Along the road to adulthood, he has learned many lessons the hard way. In this honest and engaging book, he offers a guided tour of what he’s learned about getting along with others, managing emotions, succeeding in school and work, building relationships, and more. Among his Asperger’s Rules are:

Clean Up Your Own Mess (including but not limited to credit card debt, out-of-control collections, and your cesspool of a room)

You Can’t Bail Out the Titanic with a Wine Glass (or change the world of online dating)

Serving as a Role Model to the Next Generation of Asperger’s Syndrome

Navigating the challenges of college and the unrelenting storm of transition.

The Road to Catastrophe is Paved with Good Intentions (understanding how others perceive you, even if they’re wrong)

WIN (Work Is Necessary) You are talented enough to maintain employment even if your options are not ideal

Confronting Memories of Bullying and Showing Mercy toward Yourself



Heartfelt, insightful, and generous, this book will enlighten and inform readers, whether they are on the autism spectrum or not.

Praise

Praise for Getting a Life with Asperger’s

“Jesse Saperstein’s straightforward, frank advice on the methods he used to make a successful transition to adulthood make this book essential reading for individuals with Asperger’s or high-functioning Autism.”
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of The Autistic Brain

Praise for Atypical

“Brilliant, creative writing.”
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures

“Jesse Saperstein’s wise and compelling memoir lets us know how frustrating and strange life can be for a bright, resourceful young man with Asperger’s navigating the typical world. Funny, irreverent, and ultimately forgiving of all the damage we ‘well-adjusted’ typicals wreak on those who are a little different from us.”
—Sigourney Weaver, actress

“With a voice as keen and honest as any I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, Jesse Saperstein cracks open the underbelly of life with Asperger’s, mesmerizing readers with a tale that is as fabulously incorrigible as it is strikingly compelling. Jesse Saperstein is the son I always wanted!”
Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome

“This funny, poignant, and honest book provides further evidence that Asperger’s Syndrome is no cookie-cutter diagnosis. Atypical also informs us that Jesse Saperstein is a wonderful addition to the world of Asperger literature.”
Michael John Carley, executive director of The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) and author of Asperger’s From the Inside Out

“Amusing, surprising, and informative. Just when I thought I had learned all I can from personal accounts, I had the chance to read this one!”
Jerry Newport, author of Mozart and the Whale, with Mary Newport and Johnny Dodd

“Jesse Saperstein is witty, insightful, and smart. He is also caring, social, emotional, empathetic, and able to learn from his mistakes and other people’s rudeness-all traits we are often told that people with Asperger’s don’t have. I highly recommend this book to parents, educators, community members-frankly, to everyone. Jesse, I want to know what happens next; I hope you are working on a sequel!”
—Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Life Skills
 
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