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Raising Cubby : a father and son's adventures with Asperger's, trains, tractors, and high explosives

Author: John Elder Robison
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, 2014, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Anchor Canada edView all editions and formats
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"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 either. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and
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Genre/Form: Memoirs
Biography
Life skills guides
Biographies
Named Person: John Elder Robison; John Elder Robison; Cubby Robison; John Elder Robison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Elder Robison
ISBN: 9780385670388 0385670389
OCLC Number: 884603973
Description: xi, 365 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Every parent's worst nightmare --
From dropout to executive --
An incipient bear cub --
Names --
Hatching time --
A proud, scared dad --
The king of everything --
Two-wheel drive --
Tell me what you want --
The aerial child --
Monsters --
Child support --
The best kid in the store --
Wondrous dada --
Tuck-in time --
Role models --
Elves --
The oxbow incident --
The old boy --
The power of wizards --
Becoming owners --
Cubby versus the school --
Reading --
An official geek --
Divorce --
Dreaming Cubby --
Child protection --
Bulldozing off --
The strolling of the heifers --
From stockholder to chairman --
Gymnastics --
Geologists --
Learning to drive --
Power generation --
Boom! --
Amherst --
Pine demons --
A new nest --
In the high school groove --
A different animal --
Nicole --
Declaration of independence --
Blowing up --
A visit from the ATF --
The raid begins --
The locus of the investigation --
The circus must go on --
The DA --
Arraignment --
Asperger's and Cubby --
In limbo --
The trial begins --
The crime of inquisitiveness --
Defending Cubby --
The verdict.
Responsibility: John Elder Robison.

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"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 either. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, "Where did I come from?" John said he'd bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would "do all chores." He read electrical engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned children into stone when they misbehaved. Still, John got the basics right. He made sure Cubby never drank diesel fuel at the automobile repair shop he owns. And he gave him a life of adventure: By the time Cubby was ten, he'd steered a Coast Guard cutter, driven a freight locomotive, and run an antique Rolls Royce into a fence. The one thing John couldn't figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn--the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger's too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist--smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being "on the spectrum" as both a challenge and a unique gift. By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It's the story of a father and son who grow up together"--

"The comic memoir of an Aspergian father raising his Aspergian son, by the bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye"--

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