October 9, 2011

I love stories of being different and making it work, stories of people who feel “different” and still find a place in society where their palpable different-ness is at home.

Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison is the memoir of a brilliant mind and great storyteller.  Along with his fantastic experiences as sound and pyrotechnic engineer for KISS in the late 1970s is the rich perspective  of a self-described misfit who found his way, found his gifts, and found a way to feel important in society.

You might also recognize him as the brother of Augusten Burroughs who is portrayed in most of Burroughs’s books.

The tales he recounts that he gave his son about Santa Claus alone are worth the read.  What brings a more honest reflection of an American Christmas than a Santa who drinks too much and steals from toy companies?  There is also drama, abuse and reconciliation and the successful search for profound self-acceptance.

I highly recommend it.


One Response to “Different”

  1. Brenda said

    Sounds like a true character. Some people are blessed with the ability to follow their curiosity and then tell great great stories. Thanks for the recommendation.:)

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