In no particular order, here are some wonderfully written, fun, diverse books written by people with autism or Asperger’s syndrome. I’ve read quite a few of them, and plan on reading others:
Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison. This is a funny, poignant account of Robison’s experiences growing up with Asperger’s syndrome. Interestly, he is the older brother of the wildly successful author of Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs, who does not have Asperger’s. It’s fascinating to read about both brothers’ completely different and varied experiences in and perception of the same family. I’ve heard Robison speak, and he is a very animated speaker and passionate advocate for those like himself with Asperger’s syndrome. Visit Robison’s blog or website.
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extaordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet. This is an honest, open narrative by the autistic Tammet and includes an account of his amazing feat of reciting pi to the 22,514th digit. He is also a very talented writer. His second book is Embracing the Wide Sky: Exploring the Horizons of the Mind which I haven’t read yet.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Although this author is not autistic, I include this book here because it is written from the perspective of a fictional character with autism. It’s an intriguing look into what it might be like in the mind of an autistic child.
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin. The title of this book does a great job summarizing the work that Grandin has been doing with her life – using her autism to an advantage to empathize with and understand how animals feel. She is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Famously, she has worked with the meat industry to improve the ethical treatments of animals destined for slaughter. Her newest book is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. More information on Grandin can be found on her website.