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Aytpical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters
Thus begins the charming, insightful, and memorable story of Jesse Saperstein. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism, Jesse has struggled since childhood with many of the hallmark challenges of his condition-from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty with change and managing his emotions. A delightful storyteller, Jesse Saperstein puts a human face on Asperger’s- and makes us laugh, empathize, and better understand what it means to see the world through the prism of autism.
“Brilliant, creative writing. His next book should be a novel.”
—Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures
“Honest, funny, bristling with ideas and intelligence, Jesse A. Saperstein’s Atypical marks the debut of a bright young voice from the Asperger’s community.”
—Tim Page, author of Parallel Play and professor at the University of Southern California
“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
“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
“By describing his experience with honesty, passion and deep clarity, Saperstein allows a so-called ‘neurotypical’ like myself to completely identify with his atypicality. A very powerful read.”
—Bruce Altman, actor
About the Author
JESSE A. SAPERSTEIN is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A committed advocate and popular speaker, he continues to work to demystify Asperger’s syndrome and autism. He lives in Pleasant Valley, New York.