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Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a…
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Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum… (edição 2018)

por Jennifer Cook O'Toole (Autor)

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The face of autism is changing. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but--more importantly--as a thoroughly modern woman. Beyond being a memoir, Autism in Heels is a love letter to all women. It's a conversation starter. A game changer. And a firsthand account of what it is to walk in Jennifer's shoes (especially those iconic red stilettos). Whether it's bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer's is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum. Because autism "looks a bit different in pink," most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. Jennifer has been there, too. Autism in Heels takes that message to the mainstream. From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women the world over to realize they aren't mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles.… (mais)
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Título:Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum (Kindle)
Autores:Jennifer Cook O'Toole (Autor)
Informação:Skyhorse (2018), 236 pages
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It’s difficult to listen to a memoir with another purpose (in this case autism awareness for women) and not be a little confused. I appreciated learning so much that I didn’t know. But as the author didn’t get diagnosed until her thirties, the memoir part retroactively places autism as the reason for her experiences. I think I just would like to see more out there, so I’ll go to more books to learn. I wasn’t able to find any common ground here with the author’s life, but I’m glad that she’s out there telling her story. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Nov 25, 2020 |
WOW! Just WOW!

I first heard Jennifer speak in January of this year. She mentioned that she had a new book coming out this summer. At that point, I knew that I had to get my hands on it.

Later on I discovered that the digital ARC was available on Edelweiss—YIPPEE! (Being a librarian has its perks.)

As someone who is on the Spectrum myself, I found myself totally relating to Jennifer’s experiences of social awkwardness, her attempts to fit in, and of feeling misunderstood. At times, it got so intense that I had to put my iPad down and step away for a bit.

Overall, reading Jennifer’s story helped me to validate and reaffirm my place in a unique sisterhood.

My hope is that other neurodiverse women will pick up this book, read it, and feel affirmed and validated in their unique experiences. In addition, I would highly recommend this title to mental health professionals and anybody else who cares for and wants to better understand women with high-functioning ASD. ( )
  heatherdw20 | Jul 23, 2020 |
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The face of autism is changing. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but--more importantly--as a thoroughly modern woman. Beyond being a memoir, Autism in Heels is a love letter to all women. It's a conversation starter. A game changer. And a firsthand account of what it is to walk in Jennifer's shoes (especially those iconic red stilettos). Whether it's bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer's is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum. Because autism "looks a bit different in pink," most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. Jennifer has been there, too. Autism in Heels takes that message to the mainstream. From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women the world over to realize they aren't mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles.

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