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Book Title: Like Color to the Blind|
The author of the book: Donna Williams
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.11 MB
Edition: Doubleday Canada Limited
Date of issue: August 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780385255950
Read full description of the books Like Color to the Blind:LOVING INVOLVES EXPOSURE. It means relinquishing control and masks and conceding to the tentative, fragile, yet beautiful state of standing emotionally naked before another human being. Through the unique prism of Donna Williams, a woman with autism who learned to differentiate between and name her emotions for the first time in her mid-twenties, readers are taken on a journey through which they will view the universal experience of love in a wholly new way. Like Color to the Blind is about the struggle between the will and the mind, the joys and tribulations of recognizing a soul mate when you find one, the learning to share one's feelings on the path from friendship to marriage.
In this astonishing new memoir, a woman who spent most of her life closing love out offers an intimate diary of the process of letting it in amid her ongoing struggle with autism. Donna chronicles her unconventional relationship with Ian, a man with difficulties similar to her own, and their efforts to break through their emotional and autistic barriers to admit and live with their feelings for each other. This book is also an insightful, gutsy, and often humorous commentary on the universal experience of discovering one's true self- learning to make choices based not on the opinions of others or media images, but on one's core values.
Read information about the authorDonna Williams is the author of Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic, in which she tells of her lifelong battle with autism -- a developmental disorder originating in infancy and characterized by self-absorption, repetitive and rigidly structured behavior, language dysfunction, and an inability to interact socially. Williams depicts in her book a world of disembodied color, pattern, and sound. At times she would madly rub her eyes and withdraw into "bright spots of fluffy color," attempting to escape what she called the "intrusive gabble" of other people. Torn between a dread of physical contact and a desire for emotional connection, Williams would often beat herself then assume a fetal position. "Hurting herself," as New York Times Book Review contributor Daniel Goleman relates, "or doing shocking things ... were ways to reassure herself that she did indeed exist."
Goleman explains that books such as Williams's provide a valuable insight into an unfamiliar world, "revealing to outsiders that what may seem bizarre and unpredictable follows its own internal logic, however strange." Writing for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Chris Goodrich found that Williams "proves herself to be rigorously analytical and remarkably free of self-pity, despite a life fraught with fear, pain, and misunderstanding." Nobody Nowhere was written by Williams in her efforts to better understand her world. Only upon the advice of two therapists familiar with autism did Williams decide to publish her writings. Goleman noted that the work provides "a fascinating testimony to an intelligence undimmed by mental turmoil," while Goodrich proclaimed that "Nobody Nowhere is as brave a book as you'll ever read."
Williams told CA: "Autism is not a 'mental disorder' anymore than it is a communication, social, perceptual, or neurological disorder. It is a pervasive development disorder (PDD) affecting many areas of development. It is not a mental illness, nor is it synonymous with mental retardation."
Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.
Source Database: Contemporary Authors
PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000115308
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