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Everyday Aspergers by [Craft, Samantha]
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Length: 406 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Through 150 telling journal entries, Samantha Craft presents a life of humorous faux pas, profound insights, and the everyday adventures of a female with Asperger’s Syndrome. A former schoolteacher and mother of three boys, Craft doesn’t experience ordinary everyday happenings like most. In her vivid world, nothing is simple and everything appears pertinent. Even an average trip to the grocery store is a feat and cause for reflection. From being a dyslexic cheerleader with dysgraphia going the wrong direction, to bathroom stalking, to figuring out if she can wear that panty-free dress, Craft explores the profoundness of daily living through hilarious anecdotes and heartwarming childhood memories. When she’s not laughing at the bizarreness of her days or reflecting back, then she’s sharing the serious and relevant challenges of everyday living on the autism spectrum. Ten years in the making, Craft’s revealing memoir brings Asperger’s Syndrome into a spectrum of brilliant light—exposing the day-to-day interactions and complex inner workings of an autistic female from childhood to midlife.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2229 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: BookLogix; 1 edition (14 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It gives those of us who are part of the tribe another level of understanding about how we share much in common yet we're all so individual.
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Brilliant book! So insightful. Your "Dear Monster" chapter - wow. Thank you so so much for being you and sharing you with all of us! xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living with “Everyday Asperger’s” 21 November 2016
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A little girl, a free spirit, loved to spend hours absorbed in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. She saw herself as a caterpillar, “set free upon endless green, nibbling at the gifts before her.” That is, “until the rain came.” Caterpillar became Butterfly, lovely and able to reach great heights. However, as she did so, her world became both smaller and larger. Everything was unfamiliar and ever-changing. With all that was good, also came evils Caterpillar had never known. Yet she was able to see “Caterpillar Land,” and realized that “butterflies don’t have to let go of the caterpillar to fly.”

In the same manner, Samantha Craft goes between adulthood and childhood, relating each one to the other. The challenges of Butterfly are those of an autistic woman on the higher end of the spectrum – Asperger’s. Craft offers 150 vignettes of “everyday Asperger’s,” providing an insight into living with – and ultimately accepting – the condition. Though most of the time, Craft speaks as Butterfly, in some of the pieces, she ventures into memories of her childhood and teen years, when she was Caterpillar. These vignettes are not in chronological order. I fact, at times they seem random, a reflection of the thought process of someone with ADHD, a condition that often accompanies autism. Yet, everything is held together by the book’s theme of describing life with “Everyday Apserger’s.”

Early on, Craft refers to herself as “an autistic woman” and “an Aspie,” not “a woman with autism” or “a woman with Asperger’s.” These conditions are not something she has; they are who she is. This is the essence of the neurodiversity movement, as described by Craft’s colleague, Steve Silberman, in his groundbreaking book, NeuroTribes.

Craft writes with a spirit of humor and warmth, both of which are present even in her darkest moments. Craft earned respect and gained a following with her essay, “Ten Traits (Females with Aspergers,” which is included here. Since then, more and more women (and men) with Aspergers have recognized themselves, identifying with Crafts adventures and misadventures, and Everyday Aspergers is the product of ten years of such essays. “This journey is all about my identity,” says Craft. “I’m trying to figure out how Asperger’s defines who I am as an individual.” This early essay sets the tone for such questions as what role she would like to play, as an alien dropped down from “Planet Aspie” to a world in which they people’s are wired differently. Or is she different? Most likely, in keeping with the theme of neurodiversity, we are all different. That said, Craft still acknowledges the importance of people with Asperger’s in recognizing when they commit social faux pas and how to best adapt to society at large and find peace within themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST read!! You will never regret purchasing this beautifully written masterpiece!!! 20 July 2016
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I LOVE the book!! I absolutely love how all the feelings I have kept trapped inside all these years were magically transformed into writing from Samantha!!! I can relate to the book in so many ways that I must recommend it to anyone with Asperger's (especially females) because it will hit home. The stories inside are true stories and written in such a way that you just can't stop reading once you start!!!! I laughed and I cried so very much while reading this book. I couldn't get enough of it when I was reading made me crave even more!!! Samantha did a wonderful job and I was able to process EVERYTHING I read!!! I highly highly recommend reading this book!! If you're not autistic, but would like to know more about Asperger's Syndrome...this book will give you even more information about it than other books you may have read!! Don't pass this one by!! Read it today!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars like my two oldest sons 21 July 2016
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At the age of 43 I learned, like my two oldest sons, I was on the autistic spectrum, an Aspie. I remember heaving a huge sigh of relief, as it explained so much of so many facets of my life. Having just finished reading "Everyday Aspergers" I see so many more of these facets through Ms. Craft's writing. Raw, honest, candid, real. Ms. Craft pours her soul out as a refreshing glass of lemonade on a sweltering summer day. Reading her story is like brunch and a porch swing with a close friend. This is a journey you will not regret taking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars friend or just want to understand more about life with Aspergers this is the best book you can read 20 July 2016
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This book is an inspiration to not only female aspie's, but also women who have Aspergers and also are mom's. So many times I have seen or read something by Mrs Craft that absolutly reflected a situation within my life. If you are the significant other, sibling, parent, friend or just want to understand more about life with Aspergers this is the best book you can read. Lovely sentiments, clean clear writing, strong emotion, if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for all! 24 August 2016
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This is a must-read for everybody. I am an Aspie myself, and I could relate to 99% of the book, of the experiences Sam went through, her feelings, the way her brain processes information, the questions she asks her NT husband... For neurotypicals, it is essential, as it shows very well how the thoughts are born and get the biggest part of our attention span. I profoundly enjoyed it, I felt as there was another me out there, who was going through the same things, feeling like an alien. Samantha is a very gifted writer, she uses great metaphors to explain the Aspie life, and the book reads very smoothly. I want more now from Sam's pen!