Literature and Pop Culture

Sometimes, autism is portrayed accurately or inaccurately in the media. Here are some movies, books, and TV shows that I recommend and some that I wouldn’t.

Fiction books:

  • Maria and Me: A Father, a Daughter (and Autism) by Miguel Angel Gallardo
  • Catherine and the Wind by Amanda Gale
  • Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 
  • The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairytale by Jewel Kats
  • All These Pieces of Me (The Stables book #1) by C.E. Kilgore
  • Rain Reign, Inside Out, and A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
  • Women From Another Planet? Our Lives in the Universe of Autism by Jean Kearns Miller
  • No Ordinary Love by JJ Murray
  • The Kindergarten Adventures of Amazing Grace: What in the World is Autism? by Trevor Pacelli 
  • Rules of Rain by Leah Scheier
  • The Fog Within by Nick Shamhart

House of Cards by Jodi Picoult was mediocre.

Nonfiction books:

  • Anything written by Temple Grandin, Sean Barron, Trevor Pacelli, John Elder Robison
  • Anything on tips of how to deal with autism
  • The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Husband by David Finch
  • A Different Kettle of Fish-A Day in the Life of a Physics Student with Autism by Michael Barton
  • Life, Animated by Dan Suskind
  • Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols
  • Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges by Lori Emsperger
  • Asperger’s and GIrls: World-Renowned Experts Join Those with Asperger’s Syndrome to Resolve Issues that Girls and Women Face Every Day! by Dr. Tony Attwood
  • Autism is Not a Life Sentence: How One Family Took on Autism and WON! by Lynley Summer
  • Congratulations! It’s Asperger’s Syndrome by Jen Birch
  • Pretending to Be Normal: Living With Asperger’s Syndrome by Liane Holliday Willey
  • Asperger Syndrome in the Family Redefining Normal: Redefining Normal by Liane Holliday Willey
  • Standing Down Falling Up: Asperger’s Syndrome from the Inside Out (Lucky Duck Books) by Nita Jackson
  • Awakening Ashley: Mozart Knocks Autism on Its Ear by Sharon Ruben
  • Sound of a Miracle: A Child’s Triumph Over Autism by Annabel Stehli
  • At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me by Anne Clinard Barnhill
  • Asperger’s in Pink: Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger’s by Julie Clark
  • Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome by Rudy Simone
  • Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy
  • Population: One by Tyler McNamer
  • Autism: A First Hand Perspective On the Fringes Between Childhood and Adulthood by Mark Byrne
  • Odd Girl Out by Laura James
  • The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope
    Book by Ana Warner and Curt Warner

 

Movies:

http://m.hitfix.com/motion-captured/the-weekend-read-autism-in-entertainment-from-rain-man-to-community

Best:

Non-documentaries:

  • Temple Grandin
  • Cries From the Heart
  • Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love

 

Documentaries:

  • Autism: The Musical
  • Autism in Love
  • Asperger’s Are Us
  • The Autistic Me and its sequel
  • Louis Theriux—Autism
  • Citizen Autistic
  • Spectrum: A Story of the Mind
  • Generation A
  • Autism in America
  • Neurotypical
  • Too Sane For This World
  • Hugo’s Brain 

 

Mediocre:

  • Snow Cake
  • Miracle Run
  • The Black Balloon
  • Adam
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Jane Wants a Boyfriend
  • Please Stand By
  • Dina, documentary
  • Po
  • Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon, documentary
  • Keep the Change 

 

Worst:

  • Mozart and the Whale

 

TV shows:

Best:

  • The Good Doctor (both American and Korean versions)
  • For children: Pablo
  • Atypical-Netflix (The 1st season was mediocre. The 2nd season was even better).  

 

Link:

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/15-year-old-autistic-actor-channeled-traumatic-childhood-good-doctor-154644936.html

 

Mediocre:

  • Parenthood (probably NOT) 
  • The A Word

 

Worst:

  • The Bridge (BORING!)

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-simon/hollywood-and-aspergers_b_6449470.html

There are rumors that Jim Parson’s character, Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory TV show might have Asperger’s Syndrome because of his quirky personality. The creators have not confirmed it. https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2014/08/13/why-our-autism-community-loves-sheldon-cooper

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