authors | March 20, 2013

First Look: John Elder Robison's New Book, Raising Cubby, Is A Hit

Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives, the latest book from John Elder Robison, was released to rave reviews earlier this month. A followup to Robison's previous bestselling memoir Look Me In the Eye, his newest work tells the story of a father who's just a little bit different than other people—trying to raise a son who is just a little bit different, himself. Despite growing up with Asperger's Syndrome—during a time when no one knew what Asperger's was—Robison has lead an extremely productive life. He's a bestselling author, autism researcher at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, an adjunct professor at Elms College in Massachusetts, and was recently appointed to the U.S. Government's Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. While he may not have been the 'model father' (and his son, Cubby, wasn't always the 'model' son either) their journey as father and son lead them to incredible things—even if they took a unique path to get there.

In his talks, Robison shares this story, along with his insight on diagnosing children with autism. He also provides practical advice for parents and educators on harnessing the potential of those who have already been diagnosed. Here are some reviews:

"John Elder Robison is one of my autism super heroes because he bravely brings humor and humility to the heart and soul of the taboo and unexpected corners of life lived with autism.  His new book, Raising Cubby, is more than a memoir about a father and son bound by their Asperger syndrome. It’s a story that reminds us how precious and precarious the parent child relationship is and how beautiful our lives can be when we are share that ride together. Raising Cubby is Robison’s best work yet.”Liane Holliday-Willey, coauthor of Pretending To Be Normal: Living with Asperger Syndrome

"Funny and moving...A warmhearted, appealing account by a masterful storyteller."  — Kirkus Reviews

"Robison's third book starts with a bang--his description of the 'malicious explosion' created by his teenage Cubby that has the boy, who has Asperger's syndrome, looking at 60 years in prison, is as disconcerting as it is captivating....With the ensuing investigation and trial, Cubby and the author are drawn into a crazy world that threatens to tear apart their already delicate lives."Publishers Weekly
"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" —Goodreads