Resources–Things to Read

Nonfiction  and Fiction About Families and Autism

  • Jodi Picoult, House Rules, fiction, but so realistic, a young man with autism obeys the house rules to protect his younger brother
  • Jean Little, Willow and Twig, several characters with disabilities, Twig’s disability is not named, seems like autism
  • Nicholas Sparks, Dear John, a story of a man with Asperger Syndrome, his son, son’s girlfriend who knows autism, bittersweet
  • Ann Bauer, A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards, one family’s autism experience in two generations
  • Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, humorous but really hits home if you know Asperger Syndrome
  • Keiko Tobe, With the Light (graphic novel). a mother is immersed in autism and deals with reactions of others
  • Barbara LaSalle, Finding Ben: A Mother’s Journey Through the Maze of Asperger’s, one of the best about helping a young adult through transition to adulthood, starts with birth of child and follows his story
  • Shonda Schilling, The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger Syndrome, family of well-know baseball player Curt Schilling
  • Mary Sharp, An Unexpected Joy, local author (East Lansing) tells her family’s story

Nonfiction About Autism

  • Roy Grinker, Unstrange Minds,three stories wound together: autism of a family member, the ways autism is viewed in other cultures, creation and revision of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, one of the best books on autism and family
  • Michelle Fine and Adrienne Asch, Women with Disabilities, a bit academic, but personal stories here, too
  • Julie Smart, Disability, Society, and the Individual, textbook but very informational if you are in the disability world
  • Yuko Yoshida, How to Be Yourself in a World That’s Different, brain science in a friendly presentation for youth with autism
  • Luke Jackson, Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome, Luke’s real-life story and his reflections on having a proud journey as a person with Asperger Syndrome
  • Richard Solomon, M.D., Autism: The Potential Within: The PLAY Project Approach to Helping Young Children with Autism, just what the title says, the PLAY Project has its home base in Ann Arbor

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