Raising Cubby

A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.58 hours)
Product Number: Z100029724
Released: Mar 12, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307881380
Narrator/s: John Elder Robison
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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. Praise for John Robison's first book, Look Me In the Eye: "Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping."-Chicago Tribune "A fantastic life story told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality."-Entertainment Weekly "Endearing...Robison is a natural storyteller."-Boston Globe

Author(s): John Elder Robison
Original Publish Date: Mar 12, 2013

All formats/editions

Author(s): John Elder Robison
Product Number EB00154485
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: #9780307884862

Professional reviews

"The author's speaking voice sounds somewhat nasal and lacking in spontaneity, but it's sincere and earnest in its own way. It's a reasonable vehicle for this book because it adds immediacy to Cubby's life story and the unfolding drama of his criminal trial for possessing explosives. The narrative is about how a child with two Asperger's parents (including the author) navigates through life with his own such impairments and esoteric interests. A large part of the book's charm is how Robison the father works around his own social cluelessness to become a good parent and tireless advocate for his son. Not surprisingly, the storytelling is rather concrete and lacking in irony, but it's charming nonetheless and reminds us how important empathetic listening and emotional connecting are to social functioning. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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