Parallel Play is the memoir of a successful journalist who was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 45 after a lifetime of struggles. He starts with his early childhood, highlighting his attentive parents, and helpful and less helpful teachers and school administrators — before Asperger’s syndrome was defined and when his behavior was interpreted as quirky, if he was lucky, or defiant if not. He’s quick to point out how his nature created great opportunities for him to excel at many tasks and how many of the bumps along the road were self-imposed and had little to do with Asperger’s.
I found it very heartwarming to read about how his parents helped him and supported him in his quirks and strangeness. Very sweetly told.